Total loan: $5,700

Grupo Flores Choteje Group

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Choteje, San Felipe del Progreso, Méx., Mexico / Agriculture

Grupo Flores Choteje Group's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to buy lambs.

Grupo Flores Choteje Group's story

The Mazahua community is very big but has a lot of land for growing corn, which is how most people in the community make a living, in addition to raising animals. Some people have kept their native language and celebrate their little town's patron saint festivals. This is the season when the land is being prepared to start planting corn.

Paula is a member of Las Flores group. She is a hardworking woman, devoted to the wellbeing of her family, made up of her husband Apolinar and six children, three of whom depend on the couple. To satisfy their needs, for many years she has made a living raising livestock, especially chickens. “Before, we had sheep, but they get sick a lot during the cold season, so we decided to stop raising them," says Doña Pau, as she is affectionately called.

However, the institution will issue her a new loan for buying more lambs so that she can continue running her business. Doña Pau will give every effort to help the new sheep grow well. Support from VFMéxico and KIVA is an important part of starting back up the part of her business that had been put on hold. With her loan, she will have the opportunity to buy more livestock. Thanks to her previous experience, she will be able to give the most complete care to each animal to guarantee its optimal development. Moreover, she will be able to plant oats in her yard so that her animals can freely eat whenever they need to. Doña Pau's dream is to increase production so that with the resulting income they can give a better future to their children so that they can finish their professional education.

The group members are: Juan, who will buy a horse; Barulio, Silvia, Maricela and Angelina, who will invest in lambs; Valentina, peaches and guavas; and Erika, grocery store.

*The photograph was taken at the house where they meet. Doña Paula is the one in the black sweater.*