Total loan: $6,575

El Arbolito Group

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Tres Estrellas, San Felipe del Progreso, Méx., Mexico / Retail

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A loan helped to purchase young lambs to raise and sell.

El Arbolito Group's story

The place where the members of the “Little Tree” Group live is well known for its saints festivals during which the residents prepare and share dishes in honor of a Catholic saint. These celebrations may last as long as three days. All the members of the “Little Tree” Group are united in friendship and communication which permits them to help each other in whatever situation. Leonarda is a very hard-working and responsible woman, 49 years of age, who is married to Antonio. Together they formed a very large family though, at present, only three daughters depend on them and each one is studying in secondary school. Leonarda's economic activity is raising young lambs, an activity she initiated with the intention of helping her husband with home and education expenses. Thus, some years ago, the pair began working very early for their family, he in construction while she attended to household matters and cared for their farm animals. They now have eight years of experience in the business. “It was just when VisionFund gave me my first loan to buy young lambs and pasture them that the business began to grow,” commented Leonarda. “Mrs. Leo,” as she is best known around the community, still has her dream to fulfill, which is to continue with her business, earn more, and help her daughters pursue their studies towards a professional career. The remaining members of the group are Beatriz, Juana, Maria de la Luz R., Maria de la Luz M., Silvia and Julia, who also invest in lambs, plus Ofelia in her sweets shop, and Silvia in her student coop. The photo was taken on the stairs of the small pavilion in the center of the municipality where the group members live.