A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase sand and cement for home improvement and 50 pounds of thread for weaving.

María Víctorina's story

María is 42 years old. She is a common-law wife and has four children. When she was ten years old, her mother taught her how to weave with mezcal.* She began weaving hammocks and matatas (canvas bags) from maguey* and pita*. Eventually, she began making hammocks with silk thread and poly silk. Now, she is teaching her children how to weave hammocks. Her husband works in farming in the morning and weaves hammocks in the evening.

She buys the supplies for making the hammocks in a city that is ten minutes away. Sometimes she travels by car and other times she walks because there is no public transportation. She travels every fifteen to twenty days, accompanied by her husband or one of her children.

She is requesting the loan from Fundación Campo to purchase sand and cement to finish building a retaining wall for her home as the previous one was washed away in winter. She will also buy fifty pounds of yarn and she will invest the remainder in supplies to remove water from a well that she is building. Her home doesn’t have potable water and she is currently buying it form private individuals. In this way, she will have the supplies to continue making hammocks and satisfying customer demand. In addition, she will have a safer home for her family. Her dream is to continue improving her home and installing brick paving with cement and sand.

*mescal, maguey, pita – common names for the Agave plant. The fibers are used in weaving.
(For more information about mezcal and weaving, please visit: http://cookjmex.blogspot.com/2010/10/oaxaca-part-7-mezcal-weaving-two-local.html)

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanor Francoletti-Putz

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