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El Calvario Group
In this Group: Ruperta, Olivia, Gustavo, Miguel

Update on El Calvario Group

Olivia, 39, is the mother of three children two of which are no longer dependent on her. The eldest got married and has a little girl and the next one works and helps her with household expenses and the youngest attends primary school. She’s from the community of Crescencio Morales, a place rich in nature with beautiful scenery. It’s a Mazahua indigenous zone and most of the people dress and speak the Mazahua dialect. She belongs to a group called “El Calvario” (Calvary).

Olivia’s business is raising sheep to sell and she also grows avocados. When they are in season she goes out to sell them by the bucketful in Zitácuaro. She’s married to Santos who lives in the United States and helps her with household expenses. She opened her business because her three children used to attend school and her husband's stipend that he would send her wasn’t enough. She gradually saved up to buy sheep to raise and then sell in her town. She says that the months she sells the most are May which is when school lets out and the sheep are needed for parties given for the graduates and also in December for the Christmas feasts.

Now, she’s asking for a loan to buy feed, vaccines and anti-parasitic agents and to buy organic manure and insecticide so that her trees will be in better condition and produce better quality fruit.

The other three group members are Ruperta, Gustavo and Miguel and they will invest their loans in the purchase of sheep and feed for them.
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Olivia tiene 39 años de edad es madre de 3 hijos dos de ellos ya no dependen de ella, la mayor se caso y tiene una niña y el que sigue trabaja y le ayuda con los gastos de la casa y la menor estudia la primaria, ella es originaria de la comunidad de Crescencio Morales un lugar rico en naturaleza y con unos paisajes hermosos, ahí es una zona indígena Mazahua, la mayoría de las personas visten y hablan el dialecto mazahua. Ella pertenece a un grupo llamado El Calvario. Olivia tiene un negocio de cría y venta de borregos y también tiene una huerta de aguacates los cuales cuando es temporada sale a venderlos a la población de Zitacuaro por cubetas. Ella está casada con Santos quien vive en Estados Unidos y le ayuda con los gastos del hogar, ella puso su negocio por que antes sus 3 hijos iban a la escuela y no le alcanzaba lo que su esposo le mandaba de remesas, y poco a poco fue ahorrando para comprar borregos criarlos y venderlos en su pueblo, dice que en los meses cuando vende mas es en mayo ya que son las clausuras de las escuelas y ocupan los borregos para las fiestas que les hacen a los graduados y también en el mes de diciembre por las fiestas de navidad, ahorita ella esta pidiendo un crédito para la compra de alimento, vacunas, desparasitantes y para comprar abono orgánico e insecticidas para que estén en mejores condiciones sus árboles y así poder sacar fruto de buena calidad. Los otros 3 integrantes del grupo se llaman Ruperta, Gustavo y Miguel ellos invertirán sus créditos para la compra de borregos y alimentos para estos.

Previous Loan Details

Miguel, 66, is a native of the indigenous community of Mazahua-Otomí. He is a member of the communal bank "El Calvario." He says that for 3 years he has been raising and selling sheep, and he also has a small grocery store in his house where he sells basic consumer products. His wife helps him... More from El Calvario Group's previous loan »

Additional Information

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About Mexico

  • $15,600
    Average annual income
  • 81
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $19,636,250
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 13.3
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of El Calvario Group's $3,775 loan helped a member to buy sheep, feed and vaccines.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 13, 2013
Jun 25, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 17, 2014