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La Carrera Group
Dotegiare, San Felipe del Progreso, Méx., Mexico / Retail
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A loan helped to buy chickens, turkeys, and sheep.
La Carrera Group's story
The group “La Carrera” consists of six women and one man. They all live in the same community and have known each other for several years. In this community, people still preserve their mother tongue, Mazahua. Most women still wear their very colorful traditional garments. The most celebrated holiday in this community is September 14, "The Lord of the Miracles" day. Alejandra is a hard-working woman aged 45. She is married to José since 25 years back, and they have formed a family with nine children whereof three are still dependent on their parents. José works in the field and Alejandra breeds and fattens chickens, turkeys, and sheep and then sells them to neighbors, friends, and relatives. She has been running this business for three years and she says she started it when she was offered her first VisionFund loan, thinking that this activity could help her pay for the household expenses and for her children's education. Alejandra has already completed several loan cycles and thanks to that she has been able to buy her little animals. "Thanks to the VisionFund loans and to Kiva, my family has received many benefits because now we can pay for my children's studies without any difficulties." She comments that the only hardship is when her animals get sick, or even die. This makes Alejandra very sad because it entails losses in investments and income. She says that it is very easy and comfortable to raise animals because she can keep an eye on her children while she is taking care of her animals. Alejandra's dream is to be able to continue raising her animals, thus continuing paying for the costs of her children without difficulties. The other group members are Victoria, who sells fruits and vegetables; Julia, who raises sheep; María del Carmen and Leticia who run grocery stores; Alberto, who will rent centerings for construction; and Bonifacia, who raises turkeys. They are all grateful to VisionFund and to Kiva for the loan they have been offered, because it will help them to grow their businesses.