Total loan: $6,200

Nuestra Esperanza Group

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La Purisima Concepcion Mayorazgo, San Felipe del P, , Mexico / Food

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A loan helped to buy fruit and sheep.

Nuestra Esperanza Group's story

The State of Mexico has a great amount of cultural wealth due to the various pre-Hispanic cultures that have inhabited the region. One such community is the Mazahua. For example, they have been able to preserve many of their original traditions, as well as their language. The residents earn their living in the fields and by raising livestock. They are extremely friendly and have a love of nature. The group “Nuestra Esperanza” (Our Hope) is part of this community. The name refers to the dream that many of the members have to improve their businesses.

Ana Isabel is a responsible woman who is looking to provide the best for her children, especially that the three of them continue their studies. She says lovingly that she comes from a large family. Her mother made preserved fruit, so she learned the value of this type of work. At the moment Ana engages in making leather, the same trade as her brothers. However, she also continues to follow in the footsteps of her mother and still makes preserves in order to improve her income. The process of making preserves takes a week. Once the products are ready they are sold at the fairs, by going door-to-door, or as a result of customers who come to her home because of the quality. Ana also raises sheep, so she needs to buy small lambs to ensure that they develop properly. She sells them without any problems and has accumulated regular customers thanks to her 14 years of experience.

Ana says, “Raising animals is very profitable business, but making preserves is more complicated because of the price of the supplies. However, it is worth all of the effort when you see the results.” She is extremely grateful to VisionFund for the assistance she has obtained. With this loan opportunity, she will be able to invest in the purchase of fruit and sheep. Among Ana’s dreams are to provide jobs to other people, improve her quality of life, and provide for her children’s education.

The other group members are Ma. Elena who will invest in calves, Avelina who will buy pigs, Patricia who will also buy pigs, and Elvia who will invest in calves.

*The photograph was taken on the steps of the municipal kiosk. Ana is shown wearing a pink vest.