A loan of $1,250 helped a member to purchase sheep and feed.


The Doves Group's story

Susana is a member of the group named "Las Palomas", meaning The Doves, and she said they chose this name for the group because they all like this type of animal, free and beautiful. She is 53 years old and she has a grade 1 education. She did not stay in school because her parents did not have enough money to buy her school supplies. She said that when she was in grade one she had paper because one of her teachers would exchange tortillas for paper. She would make the tortillas herself when she was young.

Susi, as she is known in the neighborhood, is originally from Tigre Segunda Manazana of Crescencio Morales in the state of Michoacan. She raises sheep and she is a very hardworking woman who works from the very early morning hours to shepherd her sheep on a small plot of land that she and her husband have sown hay to feed their animals. She says that the loan will be used to purchase more sheep and feed for them. She has approximately three years in the business, selling the sheep in the community. Susana is married with Jose del Carmen, a laborer. They have 9 children and they are all married. She says that the loan will help her a great deal because she will be able to earn money for the household and they will be able to have a better quality of life. Susi’s goal in the future is to sell turkey and poultry and to set up a poultry farm so that they will not get sick and increase her production. The additional source of income from the sale of these livestock will be reinvested in the purchase of sheep and to buy whatever she needs to make her poultry farm.

Luisa M. Cendejas is also part of the Las Palomas group. She is 46 years old and she has a grade 3 education. She did not continue with her schooling because her parents didn’t to have enough money to buy school supplies. She is originally from Tigre Segunda Manzana of the Crescencio Morales community in the beautiful state of Michoacan. Luisa raises sheep for later resale. She is a very hardworking person and from the very early morning hours she takes her sheep out to the hills to feed them. She says that the loan will be used to acquire more sheep, feed, medicines, and vitamins in order to stimulate their growth. She says she's been in business for approximately one year and she sells in the state of Mexico. She is a widow and she has 5 children. Diego is studying to be a teacher, David and Jesus are in senior high school, Rosi is in high school, and Carlos is in grade four. This loan will help Luisa because it is thanks to this loan that she will be employed and she will be able to support her children and send them to school. Luisa's goal is to purchase asbestos sheeting to use in her sheep enclosure so that they will not get sick. With the income she will earn Luisa will continue to invest in acquiring sheep and to save money to have for whatever emergency that may come up.

The other three members are Virginia V. T., Juana S. L., and Alejandra L. G.. They want a loan to invest in the purchase of sheep, feed, medicines, and vitamins in order to stimulate the growth of their sheep.

In this group: Luisa , Virginia , Susana , Juana , Alejandra

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer


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