A loan of $3,350 helped a member to buy thread, plaid fabric, needles, etc.


Los Arbolitos Group's story

The group "Los Arbolitos" (the little trees) is made up of six women and one man. The group is located in the community of Tres Estrellas (three stars). It is a community very far from town. It is a place where transportation is very scarce and, in general, people are dedicated to farming. The name of the group was chosen since one member of the group had planted some small trees where they meet and so this is how they named the group. This time the members have requested the loan to invest in their activities like, for example, Angela will invest in embroidery, Maria Leonely, Placida and Ignacia will buy sheep, Maximino will invest in a grocery store and Magdalena will invest in perfumes. All are very thankful for the loan granted since it will all them to buy all that they lack.

Maura, who is the representative of the group, tells us that she is 47 years old. She has been married for 29 years to Federico who works with her although they have two children who depend on them and who are students, one in elementary school and the other in secondary school. Maura is dedicated to embroidery such as napkins, tablecloths, relgious embroidery, decorations for tables and other furniture. "Since I was a girl, I learned since my mother taught me to embroider but also I liked it a lot since the finished product was very beautiful". This time she has requested the loan to buy thread in different colors, plaid fabric, and needles. The greatest difficulty that Maura faces is selling her embroidery since almost all the women in her community embroider and they do not buy like they did before. But this does not deter her from continuing to make her product since she also shows them on tables for parties like this time when we visit her she was very happy since the son was getting married. One of Maura's goals is to buy sheep and improve her house. When she sells, her earnings are beneficial to buy what she lacks at home and to pay the bills. In general, the whole group is very thankful to FRAC and Kiva for the loan granted.

In this group: Angela , Magdalena , Maximino , Maura , Ignacia, Maria Leonely, Placida

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer


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