Total loan: $2,450

Cielo Azul Group

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San Miguel Tenochtitlan, San Felipe del Progreso, Méx., Mexico / Food

Cielo Azul Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to buy more sheep, tires for his truck, and supplies for traditional consomme.

Cielo Azul Group's story

Don Albino is a kind, hard-working, enthusiastic man. He is considered a man of the land and has made a wonderful family with his wife, Benita, and their five children. The primary motivation that he has is to give the very best of himself for his loved ones and likewise be an example for them in life. To achieve his goals he works by making a meal that is typical of the country and based on sheep meat: barbacoa. "It's a family business," he cheerfully tells us. Don Albino has 22 years of experience with this trade, for which he raises the animals in a corral on the side of his house. This "inheritance" is currently passing to his three daughters, who are very happy to carry out the same work that helped raise them. "I always teach them that even if they have a trade, they shouldn't become complacent because selling barbacoa is a great way to earn a good income," he adds.

The process of getting the flavor that characterizes this delicious meal is difficult and requires much attention. However, the profits he makes in return are unique and have covered all of his household expenses and the education of his children. Challenges are unavoidable but the confidence that he has helps him to always have customers, as well as his excellent attention, and the great taste and accessible prices.

He is also very grateful for the loan because this will help him to buy more sheep, tires for his vehicle, and supplies to make barbacoa. One of his dreams is to raise his sales to ensure a university degree for his son, who gets very good grades in school.

The other members of the group are Maricela, who will invest in silverware and shoes through a catalog, Maribel, in donuts, Lizbeth, in clothes, and Juane, in thread and tablecloths.

*The picture was taken on the steps of the town bandstand.