A loan of $1,525 helped a member to buy materials such as fabric, different colors of thread, and special needles to make handicrafts.

Las Artesanas Del Fresno Group's story

The communal bank Artesanas del Fresno has had several loan cycles with the institution. This time there are just six members, three who are new and three who have worked with the institution. The group chose its name based on the members' needlework. Zenaida, a member, is 42 and has been married to Román for 21 years. Their two children are students. Román is a construction worker, and Zenaida decided 21 years ago to help her husband meet household expenses by doing needlework to sell.

She is applying to the institution for a loan to buy materials such as fabric, different colors of thread, and special needles to make handicrafts like quilts, coats, vests, and jerseys. Zenaida says that, as a child, she carefully watched her mother make handicrafts and slowly learned the trade. Some techniques such as braiding were difficult, but she was able to learn them over time. Zenaida claims, “I like my work because it lets me help my husband with expenses and our children's education, but it also is a way to preserve our craftsmanship, which many people have lost because they don't appreciate our work as much as we would like." She feels this way because the selling price doesn't cover the cost of making the garments.

Zenaida will sell her garments to a clothing store in the capital. She can leave the merchandise there so the vendors can make a selection. She goes back to see if items have been sold because often the vendors don't return her garments or pay her and simply say that the garments were lost. It seems to be the only way to sell artesania, as selling door-to-door in other towns is very hard; if people buy, it's hard to collect payments. So, she takes her merchandise to the store in the capital.

Zenaida is happy to have the loan because it will allow her to buy the material she needs to keep creating handmade garments. Zenaida would love to see her children follow a professional career that would provide more income. The communal bank members are: María de los Ángeles, who will buy cosmetics, and María Juana, Nancy, Zenaida, María de la Luz, and Angelina, who will buy materials to make artesanía. Like Zenaida, they are grateful to KIVA and VisionFund for the loans.

In this group: Angelina, Maria De Los Angeles Manuela , Maria Juana, Nancy, Zenaida, Maria De La Luz

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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