A loan of $2,125 helped a member to have a mill serviced.

Santa Maria Group's story

Heladia is 44 years old and is originally from a Mazahua town called Francisco Serrato, a community where the people are hardworking and there is a spectacular view of the mountains, dense with pine trees and where the local people extract the raw material in order to make crafts from ocoshal trees.

Heladia has had a mill for four years and she says that she got it because the community did not have one. Before they had to grind the grain on a metate [handmade grinding stone] for making tortillas and thanks to the mill the women in her town never get tired and the mill grinds the grains much more rapidly. Also she says that they grind grains to make mole (a regional food) and that there are various grains that they grind to make that meal.

She says she is asking for a loan in order to buy some spare parts for her mill and also to buy some lime, corn, firewood and she also sells mesa [dough made from a mixture of flours] in order to make tortillas. She comments that the products she uses to make the masa come from a town called Zitacuaro where she obtains a better price.

Heladia’s goal is to buy another mill of larger capacity in order to improve the conditions for the people of the village and later she wants to sell tortillas made by hand.

The other four members of the group are called Virginia, Ramon, Maria Jacinta and Maria Concepcion. They will use their loans to buy articles to supply a grocery store, for seasonal fruits and vegetables to sell, to buy two cows to raise and later sell, and to buy soft drinks to sell.

In this group: Heladia, Virginia, Ramon, Maria Jacinta, Maria Concepcion

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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