A loan of $1,775 helped a member to purchase raw material like fabric, needles, and yarn.

Las Artesanas Del Fresno Group's story

The group “Artesanas del Fresno” (Ash Tree Artisans) is made up of six members. They are all very good neighbors who know each other very well and live in a Mazuhua community, which is recognized for the majority of its people who work making embroidery. In addition, there are very leafy trees in the community.

The community members have deeply rooted customs and traditions. One main characteristic of the people in this community is that they still speak their Mazahua language, in addition to speaking Spanish. They majority of the group members work making embroidery, preserving the community’s tradition – thus, the name of the group.

Alejandra is a member of this group. She says that she is 52 years old. She married Marcos when she was 29 years old, and together they have a family of four children who are now independent. Alejandra has worked doing embroidery since she was forty. She says that she learned this work because, since she was very young, her mother also worked making these handicrafts.

Alejandra concluded that, “Knowing how to embroider is a tradition; here, anyone who doesn’t make these kinds of embroidery - it’s as if they didn’t live in the community, because it’s part of our customs.”

Alejandra has a small shop in her house where she sells her handicrafts. She has no problem making sales. This time, she is requesting the loan to purchase more material, like needles, yarn, wool cloth, etc.

“For me, the loan will be a great help, because in this way I will be able to obtain my material more easily.”

Alejandra’s main obstacle is the lack of a market in which to offer her goods; in her community and the surrounding areas, it’s very difficult to get good earnings.

“I would like it if they would help us to look for a good market or some method of offering our embroidery.”

She has been taking out loans from VisionFund and Kiva for several months, which has been a great help for her business because of the ease with which she can obtain her raw material. Alejandra’s and the group’s goal is to improve the quality of life for their families. They make a great effort to obtain better earnings to pay for their home expenses, like their children’s education and buying more clothing, shoes and food for them.

Likewise, Angélica and the other group members are very grateful for the loan, because they will be able to invest in their businesses. Ángeles will invest in her cosmetics sales, and Angelina, Zenaida, Lucia, and Luisa will invest in their embroidery. They are very grateful to Kiva and VisionFund for all of their loans; for them, it has been a big help.

In this group: Angelina, Maria De Los Angeles Manuela , Zenaida , Lucía, Ma Alejandra, Ma Luisa

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caroline Hedel

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