A loan of $2,050 helped a member to buy fabric and thread.

J. M. Group's story

The members of the J.M. Group live in a Mexican community of Mazahua origin. Typically, large portions of this community make a living by hand making textile products such as gloves, scarves, leg-warmers, etc. Others, however, have a small sewing workshop where they make more tailored garments.
All the members of the group have family connections, which makes it possible for them to honour their commitments individually and collectively. In fact they take turns with projects because they are very hardworking and happy people.
René stands out from the group because of his light-hearted and entrepreneurial spirit; he is a young person dedicated to his family, which is made up of his wife Adela and his two young children. When he was young he loved to visit other regions with his father, who was a businessman selling seat covers; when he became an adult they began to manufacture the seat covers themselves, and five years ago René finally went independent.
At first he had only one sewing machine in his workshop, and today he has five; in addition he employs three of his family members who produce the merchandise. René continues the family tradition and goes to other regions such as Guadalajara and Sinaloa to sell. However, his work is so well-known that there are even clients who travel to his workshop for him to make their covers. “It is a job that requires a lot of pressure and urgency where some clients are concerned, but it is worth the effort,” René said. His goal is to increase his client base to expand his business and this way he can employ more people.
Now he is waiting for the winter season so he can increase his production, for which he will need to buy more fabric and thread. The loan will cover the demand for raw material and would give a big boost to his profits.
The other members of the group are Toribio and Sandra, who will invest in their sewing workshop, and Reyna, for her part, in pigs.
*The photo was taken in a local street, René is the person wearing the black sweater*

In this group: Rene, Toribio, Sandra, Reyna

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Siobhan Wood

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