A loan of $3,250 helped a member to buy fabric, thread, etc.

Capulines Group's story

The group "Capulines" is found in a very remote area that you can only reach by food since there is no transportation to this community. Most of the people here cultivate corn. They chose their group name because where they meet there are a lot of capulines [a type of cherry]. They are a small group, but they take advantage of the opportunity to do big things like making cherry atole [a corn-based drink], cherry tamales, etc.

The members of the group are all very busy women with a lot of commitments - the day we visited them they had a lot on their agenda including tending to their businesses, school meetings, etc.

We interviewed the friendly Maria de los Remedios, 51, who has been married to Alfredo for 34 years. Together they have 4 children who are already grown. They still support their daughter who is a single mother - Remedios takes care of their grandchild while her daughter works in Mexico City.

She tells us that she makes aprons that are typical of the region, in traditional colors like pink, green, neon yellow, red, blue, etc. She says "I learned from very young to make Nahua skirts that are typical of the region, as shown in the picture they are very full skirts and are therefore referred to as aprons. They are put on top of the skirts." she has been making the aprons for 25 years, starting when her husband bought her a sewing machine. She said that before, she didn't know how to make them but her mother-in-law did and didn't want to teach her. Remedios tried to make them herself, and with practice they started to turn out well and she has no trouble selling them because customers come on their own to her house to buy them.

Her difficulty is that her sewing machine is broken, but if she has leftover money from the loan she will fix it. Even though she doesn't have a sewing machine right now, in the future she wants to fix up the room where she sews and make it into a seamstress workshop. She thinks that it's very difficult because fabric is expensive, but nevertheless she invests her earnings in fabric and is also able to save to make her dream a reality.

Remedios and the rest of the group are very happy because they can invest in their businesses and improve their lives, and their families, with their profits. Filomena will buy an ox, while Maria Sabina, Josefina, Socorro, Esperanza and Angelica will buy sheep. Liliana will stock her grocery store and Viviana will buy party favors.

In this group: Apolonia , Josefina , Socorro, Esperanza , Angelica , Filomena , Maria Sabina, Viviana *, Lidia , Maria De Los Remedios
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Berghaus

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