Total loan: $2,025

La Piña Group

San Jeronimo de los Dolores, San Felipe del Progre, Méx., Mexico / Agriculture

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A loan helped to purchase three lambs and more food.

La Piña Group's story

In a Mexican community in the State of Mexico, live a very happy and especially hardworking people. A large part of the population makes a living raising animals and cultivating corn. The traditions are important to them in order to preserve as many characteristics of the Mazahua indigenous culture.

Irene is a happy, friendly youth. Her desire to excel is worthy of admiration. Her biggest motivation in her life is her two young children who she plans to provide the best education and care.

Thanks to the help of her mother-in-law she began raising livestock as it is a business that obtains favorable earnings once the animals are sold. It is necessary to raise them from an early age in order to be sure of their healthy growth. If they get sick, she checks with a head veterinarian as her objective is to provide better quality to her customers. Likewise it benefits her community, because the young livestock she acquires with those of the people of her same region, eventually, are recommend by the people who sell the final product.

On the other hand, she is very grateful because this is the second time that she is able to obtain a loan. "With my new loan I will purchase three lambs and more food, but also plants that provide fields," Irene says very happily. One of her goals is to purchase land where she is able to construct her own home, because at the moment she lives in her mother-in-law's home, and she relates: "I wish to leave a stable heritage to my children for tomorrow."

The other group members are Doña Martha who will invest in calves, María Engracia, in artisan embroidery, and Doña Candelaria, in chicken and turkeys.

The photograph was taken in the municipal kiosk. Irene is wearing the red sweater and the denim pants.