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Las Artesanas Del Fresno Group
In this Group: Angelina, Leonila*, Lucia , Gregoria, Juna Iris, Maria De Los Angeles Manuela , Maria Juana, Maria Lucina, Maria
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Update on Las Artesanas Del Fresno Group

The Artesanas del Fresno group is made up of only women who are very hardworking and responsible. They chose the name because almost all of them make a living in handicrafts (embroidery and textiles), so they're artisans, and "Fresno" is because of their community.

María Juana is an older person. She's very familiar with the origins of embroidery and weaving in the community. She's 69 years old and a widow. She lives alone now, but very close to her children, and she spends almost all day with her grandchildren.

María Juana says that in the past yarn was natural, but that now it's only synthetic. They used to make it themselves. First they washed the wool that came from the sheep when they sheared it. They made linen with the well-cleaned wool, with the help of a wooden implement. Then they wove all this wool thread until they had fabric. Finally they dyed the fabric; the most common colors were black, brown, and grey.

Things have changed, and now none of this is done because the fabrics are of very poor quality. She has been embroidering for 30 years, since her children were little. She says this helped a lot, so she could give her children an education. It also helped with the household expenses when her husband didn't have a job. She sold her embroidery in Ixtlahuaca every Monday. Now she only sells to acquaintances in the community. She's alone and often doesn't have enough money to cover her basic necessities like food, shoes, and clothing. This is why she does this.

She has requested this loan to buy colored yarn, fabric, and needles.

Her challenge is that often her work isn't valued as it was before, and people don't want to pay the true price. She says it's very old-fashioned; it takes several days to do this kind of work because everything is handmade. She makes jackets, backpacks, bedspreads, and sweaters with figures that represent the community such as birds, stars, flowers, etc.

One of Juana's goals is to sell a lot of embroidery to be able to buy corn. It's an essential everyday ingredient, and if she doesn't buy it, she won't be able to make her tortillas throughout the year.

All the members of the group are very grateful for the loan because they'll be able to buy all the materials they need and finish the work they're behind on. Angelina, Leonila, Lucia, Gregoria, María, and María Lucina will invest in embroidery, while María de los Ángeles and Juana Iris will invest in cosmetics.
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El grupo “Artesanas del Fresno” esta conformado por solo mujeres que son muy trabajadoras y responsables, el nombre del grupo lo eligieron porque casi todas se dedican a las artesanía que son los bordados y tejidos, por eso son artesanas y lo de fresno por su comunidad. Doña María Juana es una persona mayor de edad conoce muy bien de donde nació el bordado y el tejido de la comunidad, ella tiene 69 años de edad ya es viuda ahora vive sola pero muy cercas de sus hijos y casi pasa todo el día con sus nietos. Doña María Juana comenta que antes la lana era natural por lo que ahora ya no solo es sintética, antes ellos mismos elaboraban esta producto, primero lavaban la lana del borrego que salía cuando les cortaban la lana, se hacia lino con la lana ya bien lavada y lo obtenían con ayuda de un instrumento de madera, después tejían todos estos hilos de lana hasta obtener una tela y finalmente pintaban la tela los colores mas comunes eran el negro, café y gris. Las cosas han cambiado ahora ya nada de esto se hace porque las telas ya son de muy mala calidad. Ella bordando lleva ya 30 años desde que sus hijos eran pequeños comenta que esto le ayudo de mucho para darles estudios a sus hijos también ayudaba con los gastos del hogar cuando su esposo se quedaba sin empleo, vendía todos los días lunes en Ixtlahuaca sus bordados, Ahora ya solo ofrece con sus conocidos de la comunidad esta sola y muchas veces pues no tiene para cubrir sus necesidades básicas como alimentación, calzado y vestimenta por eso se dedica a esto, esta vez ha solicitado el crédito para comprar estambres de colores, tela y aujas. Su desafío es que muchas veces sus trabajo ya no lo valoran como antes y no le quieren pagar lo que realmente es el precio, comenta que es muy pasado ya que se tardan varios días elaborando este trabajo porque todo es echo a mano, ella hace chalecos, morrales, colchas, suéteres con figuras representativas de la comunidad, como pájaros, gretas, estrellas, flores, etc. Una de las metas de doña Juana es llegar a vender muchos bordados para poder compra maíz, porque si no comprar no tendrá para hacer sus tortillas durante todo el año ya que es uno de sus alimentos primordiales de todos los días. Todas las integrantes del grupo están muy agradecidas por el préstamo ya que podrá compra todo el material que les hace falta y podrán cumplir con sus pedidos ya atrasados. Angelina, Leonila, Lucia, Gregoria, Maria, Gregoria, y María Lucina invertirán en los bordados, mientras que María de los Ángeles y Juana Iríais invertirán en cosméticos.

Previous Loan Details

Doña Angelina lives in a community that is distinctive for being almost a forest; there are many pine trees and it's also the location of the Mazahua ceremonial center. It is said that not long ago there were deer here, but as of a few years ago they were gone. Doña Angelina has a group that ... More from Las Artesanas Del Fresno Group's previous loan »

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About Mexico

  • $15,600
    Average annual income
  • 63
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $22,287,650
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 13.0
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Las Artesanas Del Fresno Group's $2,175 loan helped a member to buy fabric for embroidery.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 19, 2012
Nov 7, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 15, 2013