A loan of $1,525 helped a member to purchase materials to make hand-crafted clothing.

Las Estrellas Group's story

This group is called Las Estrellas [The Stars], and consists of eight hard-working and humble people who wish to enlarge their businesses.
The people in this group are from Jamiltepec, Oaxaca, where most of the citizens speak Mixtec [an indigenous language].
The typical food in the region includes barbecue, mole [dishes made with a chile sauce], and iguana tamales.
Some of the local crafts are: cooking pots and griddles, along with decorative copal burners and animal figures.
One of the group’s members is Esther, who is twenty-nine years old. She is a happy and hard-working woman.
Esther makes and sells hand-crafted blouses, and she also makes pants, dresses, and cloth dressing gowns.
She says that she has been doing embroidery for five years, and sewing for ten years. She likes her business because she is doing the thing she enjoys most.
She has two children, Alexis and Ander, who are her biggest treasures. She is a single mother, but her business has helped her to be able to provide her children with a better life.
She has more work during the town festival of February 15 since women ask her to make outfits for them.
She has requested the loan to purchase more merchandise so she can make blouses and dressing gowns. Some of these items are cloth, ribbons, colored thread, buttons, and dyed cloth.
The other members of the group are:
Maria Flora – she sells embroidery
Resalia – she sells Mexican sweets
Agustina – she sells handicrafts
Margarita Teresa – she sells fish
Leovigilda – she sells food
Ondina – she sells food
Bernardo – he sells meats
They are thankful to the Foundation for helping them to improve their lives and to be able to enlarge their businesses.

In this group: Maria Flora , Esther, Rosalia, Agustina , Margarita Teresa , Leovigilda , Ondina, Bernardo
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tim O'Reilly

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