A loan of $3,175 helped a member to buy supplies for embroidery.

Santa Cruz De Mechoacan Group's story

The new members of the group are Hilmelda, Leticia, Maria, Emilia, Maria and Herminia. They all have various activities: selling chicken tamales and making napkins. Leticia is a humble and hardworking person; she has been making embroideries such as napkins and tablecloths for three years. What she likes most about her business is to welcome customers and have their orders ready on time, since her customers order napkins. She also sells various flavours of tamales: chicken, pork rib, sweetcorn jam. She makes them every three days. She says that it takes her one month to weave a tablecloth and fifteen days for a napkin. She embroiders three times a day because she has a bad back. What she likes best about this part of the business is that her mother and sisters practice the same craft. Her mother taught her when she was little and Leticia has always liked embroidery. It is the most important thing she inherited from her mother. She is very proud of her business because it is quite profitable and allows her to work doing what she loves; she works with love and dedication. One of Leticia's dreams is to see her work acknowledged and to be able to show how she makes napkins and tablecloths on her backstrap loom, which is the implement she uses the most to make her napkins. She asks for the loan in order to buy more thread, ribbons, yarn and colour thread. The members of the group thank Foundation Realidad for the help it extends to indigenous people and to people of marginalised villages.

In this group: Rosalba, Angelica Beatriz, Ilda , Reyna, Sonia, Leticia , Maria , Hilmelda , Maria , Emilia , Herminia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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