A loan of $2,175 helped a member to purchase lambs for raising and fattening.

Rosa De Castilla Group's story

This next group is called "Rosa de Castilla". It is a group made up of 9 people; 8 women and 1 man. The group is located in the La Purisima Concepcion Mayorasgo community. The people of this community are very humble and unassuming, but very thoughtful and hard-working. The members named their group "Rosa de Castilla" ["Spanish Rose"] because they say that it is a very beautiful flower and they wanted this name for their group. The members knew each other before; they say that they had formed this group before, but separated and later formed it again. They have been neighbours and friends in this community since they were children. For this reason, they get along very well. Whenever they meet for the payments, each member brings something to eat. The names of the nine people are the following:

1.-Maria Herminia C. García, age 61, raises chickens and lambs
2.-Emiliana P. S., age 45, raises lambs
3.-Ma Ines C. R., age 49, raises chickens
4.-Isidro T. P., age 24, has a grocery store
5.-Epifania S. O., age 53, raises lambs
6.-Regina T. C., age 34, raises chickens
7.-Claudia C. C., age 46, raises lambs
8.-Juana C. R., age 44, raises lambs
9.-Josefina Bernal R., age 27, raises lambs and chickens.

Mrs Josefina is in charge of the group. She proposed the group's name and was also the person who looked for people to join the Rosa de Castilla group. She is 27, married, and has lived with her husband in a borrowed home for 7 years. The house belongs to her parents-in-law, so she wants her own home, even though she is young, in order to live more comfortably. She has 3 dependent children; 2 girls who are in preschool and a baby. Her husband works as a carpenter but does not earn enough for them to live more comfortably. For this reason, Mrs Josefina helps him to raise the lambs in order to get everything out of the business and support their children. Josefina raises the animals and her husband sells them. This is how they work together. Josefina tells us that she suffers a bit taking care of the animals, but thanks to God her animals are multiplying and she has many. Taking care of them is a bit difficult since she has to buy the hay, as they do not plant it. Part of Josefina's goals are to build her home, and to be able to have everything necessary to do so. At the moment her daughters are small, but when they are older Josefina is thinking of looking for a job to cover the things that they currently do not have. She also wants her children to go to elementary school, so she and her husband want to help them to succeed.

In this group: Maria Herminia, Emiliana, Ma Ines, Isidro, Epifania, Regina, Claudia, Juana, Josefina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper.

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