A loan of $1,800 helped a member to buy furniture making supplies.

Mu'ssha Group's story

Venancio, 70, is from a picturesque village with a great culture, the Mazahua. He’s part of a group called “Mu’ssha.” He says that they chose that name because they used to invest in sheep and that’s what that word means in the Mazahua tongue.

He’s been a carpenter for over twenty years. He says that because of the lack of employment a friend taught him how to work the wood so that he’d have a more secure job. He relates that he makes tables, chairs, benches, doors and windows as well as many other things out of wood . He says that he likes his work very much because he’s been able to support and move his family ahead through it.

He’s asking for a loan to buy wood, glue and nails to make his creations. He says that he’d like to have a space in the city to have his shop and be able to sell his creations. He says that he sells his creations in various towns and that he sells them for very good prices.

He is grateful for the loan because it will help him earn profits to give his wife a better quality of life and to buy her the medicine she needs because she’s sick.

The other five group members are called Aurelia, Josefa, Elpidio, Aurelia and Maria Eduviges. They will invest in their businesses of buying and selling bread, grocery items, supplies to make traditional clothing, to buy various candies to sell outside schools and to buy wood and beaded costume jewelry.

In this group: Venancio, Aurelia, Josefa, Elpidio, Maria Eduviges, Aurelia*
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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