Total loan: $4,850

Cuna De Belén Group

Dolores Hidalgo, San Felipe, Gto., Mexico / Agriculture

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A loan helped to purchase pigs.

Cuna De Belén Group's story

There is a community in the state of México with roots in the Mazahua culture; since distant times, it has been characterized by being inhabited by very friendly and hard-working people. Also, it is a lovely place, not only for the vegetation which grows on the hills and fertile fields, but also for the fields of crops of different vegetables which are the principal base of the inhabitants' food. To get to this community, one must walk for some kilometers since there is no public transportation route. However, the journey is pleasant due to the warmth of the inhabitants and the encounter with nature.

Feliza is a very important part of the “Cuna de Belén” group, originally from the above mentioned community. She is characterized as being very friendly, hard-working, and responsible. Currently two of her children depend economically on her and her husband.

To cover her expenses, she works raising pigs, and now has 28 years of experience. "My husband did not have work some time ago, and all of my children were in school, the expenses were too much and for this I decided to begin with my business," she said.

On the other hand, to work with VFMéxico has generated great benefits for her in addition to motivation. This time, she would use the loan to purchase more feed so that her pigs grow healthily and in a filling way. To guarantee that this happens, she puts in special care from the time they are little since it is the key stage in the growth process. At this time, she will take the opportunity of the loan to purchase feed for the twenty-three animals that she keeps in her corral. In the same way, she will purchase metal sheeting to cover an occupied corral to separate the little pigs from the more developed ones.

The other members of the group are: María Clara, Feliza and Adelaida who will invest in pigs; Cirilo, groceries; Paulina and Josefina, in chickens; Rufina, in sheep, and Gilberta, in cattle.

*The photo was taken near the municipal center.