A loan of $3,025 helped a member to invest in lambs.

Los Ositos Group's story

The following group is located in the community of Yondesé del Cerdero, San José del Rincón. It is a community of very limited economic resources. The community has been paved through a little bit of work which was carried out by the town authorities but before it was just dust and loose sand. The houses are mainly made of adobe and many are also made from wood. The people do not know how to read, except the children who attend school. Most of the community is still just sand as the only bit that was paved was the main road. The people are very simple, humble, kind and polite. They haven't lost the good manners that they had in the past.

The 'Los Ositos' (Little Bears) group has 8 members: 7 women and 1 man. All of the members are neighbors and friends. The main business activity carried out in this community is raising livestock (pigs, sheep, cows and poultry). The mode of transportation continues being horses. Although the truck does pass through it isn't very frequent.

The names of the members of this group are as follows:
1.-Herminia C. U. - 39 years old
2.-Antonia C. C. - 58 years old
3.-Consuelo P. U. - 58 years old
4.- Catalina U. C. - 51 years old
5.-Sandra García H. - 28 years old
6.-Rocio S. R. - 32 years old
7.-Leonardo C. C. - 33 years old
8.-Ana Maria F. C. - 35 years old

The members of this group gave themselves the name 'Los Ositos' (Little Bears) because they didn't know what name to give their group and the names they chose were already taken by other groups. One of the member's daughters would bring with her a teddy bear that she would cuddle and so they gave their group this name.

The group's representative is Rocio. Rocio tells us that the members of her group have known each other for years and they have worked together before. She tells us that they are all trustworthy and hard-working people. They need financial help to get ahead in life. All the members of her group raise livestock which they fatten and then sell. Her business is buying and selling lambs. She also has a small store in her home where she sells soft drinks and also some candy and cookies. She raises turkeys and horses. She has a little of everything which helps her to cover her household expenses.

Rocio tells us that it is becoming hard to feed her animals because the pasture will be finished soon and they have to buy. She tells us that the loans help her a lot because she can buy the animals she wants for cash and this makes her more profit because she can acquire them more cheaply. She raises the animals and fattens them herself. Rocio is married and has been living with her husband in their own home for 15 years. She has 4 children. Two of her children are in school and the other two are still too young for school. Rocio's husband works in Mexico City because he couldn't find work near home. He comes home to visit his family every week or fortnight.

In this group: Herminia, Antonia, Consuelo, Catalina, Sandra, Rocio, Leonardo, Ana Maria

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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