A loan of $2,850 helped a member to buy embroidery supplies.

La Huerta Group's story

The “La Huerta” (The Orchard) group is located behind a market called “La Palma.” It’s a group whose members come from different places and meets in a house that’s still not completely finished but that’s where they have their meetings. When we asked the group why it was called La Huerta, they answered laughing: “We don’t even have an orchard anymore but we used to meet in a huge orchard where there was lots of fruit like apples, pears, figs, lemons, etc. But now look where we are.” The members of the group are very grateful and happy with VisionFund (FRAC) and with Kiva because they will be able to invest in their activities. For example: Doña Reyna will buy bedspreads and blankets, Doña Silvia and Alma Jazmín will buy crafts, José will buy jewelry, Ángela will invest in painting napkins and finally, Don Leonardo will buy belts but also will invest in his sheep.

Doña Petra who also belongs to the group tells us that she’s 46-years-old and a widow with two dependents still, a girl and boy; the girl is still attending secondary school and the boy is no longer in school.

Doña Petra tells us that she works making crafts like sashes and napkins. Petra learned how to make these crafts from her mother. She tells us that in order to make the sashes she needs yarn. She buys the entire skein and then unravels the individual threads and then embroiders again so that the sash will end up embroidered; in addition to the sashes she also does napkins.

Petra tells us that the only difficulty she has is being able to buy her supplies sometimes which is why she’s asking for this loan to buy yarn and embroidery fabric. The loan will be very beneficial because she will be able to stock up for a good period of time. Petra says that what she likes best is to make them so her customers will be satisfied with what she does. Petra always sells outside the gates but would like it if her business grew gradually so as not to need to come all the way to San Felipe to sell any longer.

Petra is very grateful for the loan because her profits will be of much use to her to cover household expenses and her children’s schooling.

In this group: Angela, Reyna, Silvia, Alma Jazmin, Leonardo Juan, Jose Francisco, Petra

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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