A loan of $1,750 helped a member to buy yarn, fabric, thread, needles, hooks etc.

El Capulin Group's story

Mrs. Regina is 70 years old and is from a community where her cultural heritage is very rooted because they speak her Mazahua language and use traditional dress. She belongs to a group called El Capulin (The Cherry Tree) because where they meet there is a big leafy tree and they decided to name themselves that to better locate the group. More than 40 years ago her mother taught her the art of knitting wool to create clothing like zarape shawls, blankets, hats, scarves, coats, and other shawls of this pretty and very warm material, as sheep are raised easily in her area and from them they get the raw material to make their woolen creations. Mrs. Regina also makes napkins, tablecloths and cushions, and sells them in the areas surrounding her community.

Sometimes she is invited to expo fairs in areas where regional artisan work is exhibited. She is currently asking for a loan to buy material. She says in words that are half cut off, as she doesn't know how to speak Spanish very well, “I need a loan to buy material, the Zitacuaro expo fair will be happening soon and I barely have anything to sell. I want to buy yarn, fabric, needles and hooks to be able to make clothing, and get my granddaughters to help me so I can finish soon and take advantage of the expo.” She says that she is grateful for what VisionFund is doing because sometimes people in the community discriminate against her for her appearance; they don't want to give her loans to improve her quality of life and to improve her business above all. The other group members are named Aurelia, Juan, Juan H. and Abraham. They invest in their businesses of artesanal embroidered garments, in a grocery store and in buying fruits and vegetables.

In this group: Aurelia, Juan, Juan, Abraham, Maria Regina

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tricia Perry

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