A loan of $3,150 helped a member purchase chickens & sheep.

Flor De Primavera Group's story

This group is called “Flor de Primavera” (Flower of Spring), which is located in the community of Calvario del Carmen, San Felipe del Progreso. Its membership consists of nine women, all of whom are Mazahuas. These nine women know how to embroider, sew, and knit. They make napkins, tablecloths, vests, and other items. Some of the women sell their embroideries to earn some extra money, but they all raise livestock and want to use this loan to buy chickens, turkeys, and sheep to raise. This is generally a poor community. All of the residents work in the fields and take care of animals. The men work as masons and must leave town and travel to the city to work on construction jobs. After finishing their work, they return to town so that they can care for their animals and their crops.

The names of the women are as follows:
1. Maria Felipa R. V., age 67, knows embroidery and raises sheep.
2. Angelina Gonzalez M., age 33, has a grocery store and raises animals.
3. Zeferina C. Lopes, age 37, raises animals, chickens, and turkeys.
4. Amalia M. C., age 25, raises sheep and manages a general store in her home.
5. Catalina C. S., age 32, raises chickens and pigs.
6. Ma Justa L. Marín, age 50, raises animals, chickens, turkeys, and sheep.
7. Maricela M. M., age 27, raises chickens and has a general store.
8. Maria del Carmen L. R., age 35, raises sheep.
9. Margarita L. M., age 38, raises chickens and is the group leader.

Doña Margarita says the nine members were excited to form a group because they have known each other since childhood and have been neighbors all of their lives. For this reason, they are confident that they can move forward as a group and trust one another. The group members conduct themselves well and get along with each other. This group is called “Flor de Primavera” because it was formed during the spring and the name seemed to be a good idea.

Doña Margarita will start raising chickens and turkeys because these animals sell well throughout the year. She has experience raising these animals, but she lacks the money to buy them. With this loan, she now plans to buy new animals to raise because at first she had difficulty raising chickens and turkeys because they got sick. She will immediately buy vaccines to prevent them from dying because if one animal gets sick they all become infected.

Doña Margarita says the loan will benefit her family because she has children in school. She has one child who is 10 years old and attends elementary school while another one started preschool. Her other two children are older and work, for a total of four children. Doña Margarita wants to buy her children clothes and school supplies. She and her husband are not formally married, but they live in their own home. Doña Margarita’s husband works as a mason and they must live off of what little he earns. Her goals include moving forward with her animal business. Not only does she want to raise chickens, but she also will use her loan and some of her profits to buy sheep and cows. These funds will help her acquire a pair of sheep, so she will her next loan to buy a few cows.

In this group: Maria Felipa , Angelina, Zeferina, Amalia , Catalina , Ma Justa , Maricela , Maria Del Carmen , Margarita

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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