A loan of $2,550 helped a member to purchase supplies for growing avocados such as fertilizer and insecticide, and to purchase materials for making Ocoshal handicrafts.

Chibaty Group's story

Amelia is 59 years old and is a very hardworking woman who wants to improve her quality of life. She lives in a very beautiful and picturesque community that is surrounded by pine-covered hills; the pine trees provide Amelia with a source of raw material for the Ocoshal [woven pine fiber] crafts she makes. Amelia enjoys living in her community because her culture is deeply rooted there, since most of the locals speak the Mazahua language and wear traditional Mazahua clothing.

Amelia is widowed and has 5 children, all of them married. She has lived alone for two years. She makes a living growing and selling avocados. She also makes handicrafts to sell, which she has done ever since a nun taught her how to make Ocoshal crafts more than ten years ago. Amelia is asking for a loan so she can purchase materials she needs for making Ocoshal handicrafts, such as needles and thread, as well as soap and bleach for washing the pine fibers. She weaves the fibers into baskets, tortilla baskets, breadbaskets, vases, mats, jewelry boxes, and many other items.

Amelia is also going to use the loan to purchase fertilizer and insecticide in order to improve the quality of her avocado trees. She says that even though her trees are small right now, she expects to get her first avocado crop in December and will definitely earn a profit from her trees. Amelia is excited about the loan because it will allow her to improve the quality of her avocados. She hopes to use the profits from her first crop to purchase a pump for bringing water up to her land, since she has difficulty walking up the hill carrying buckets of water and then watering her trees by hand.

The other three members of the group are María Leucadia, Irma, and María Crisanta. Like Amelia, they are also going to use their shares of the loan to purchase supplies for growing avocados as well as materials for making Ocoshal handicrafts.

In this group: Maria Leucadia, Amelia, Irma, Maria Crisanta

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Chris Knutson

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