A loan of $2,275 helped a member to purchase sheep to raise and sell later.

Los Espinales Group's story

Maria Nazaria belongs to a group called, Los Espinales, she comments that they named the group that because where they live there are lots of Hawthorne trees and that is why they named the group that. She is originally from Macho D. Agua located in the state of Michoacan. Nazaria is 30 years old and states that she only completed 5th graD. in elementary and did not go on any further because her parents had minimal resources and could not buy her the books.
She is known as "Naza" by her friends and neighbors and dedicates herself to raising and selling sheep. She is a very hard working person and takes her sheep to graze at a very early hour to a plot where she and her husband plant grass for their animals to eat. She states that with the loan she will purchase more sheep, feed, vaccinations, parasite medication, and vitamins so that the sheep grow quickly for her to sell at a good price. She has been doing this for 2 years and started in this type of business because she says it is profitable and they are easy to raise and you don't have to invest too much into this type of animal. She sells her sheep locally and sometimes takes them to auction in Zitacuaro. Nazaria's goal is to build them a shed so they won't be cold and so they won't get sick. She is married to Genaro who is 38 years old and is a day laborer. They have four children who are sponsored by Vision Mundial (World Vision). She states, " Thanks to World Vision my children have a better quality of life and also thanks to Fundacion Realidad ( Reality Foundation) because this way I have a source of employment to help out my husband with household expenses and with the kids."
Augustina is part of the group, " Los Espinales" and originates from Macho D. Agua, Michoacan. She is 38 years old and studied until 3rd graD. and did not continue her education because she helped her parents out by working and didn't have enough to cover her school expenses; also her dad would tell her, " women were born to work around the house and take care of the kids, not be out in the streets so called "working", that is why they have their husbands to support them.", and that is why he wouldn't let her continue studying. Augustina is soliciting a loan from Fundacion Realidad ( Reality Foundation) to purchase more sheep and increase her livestock to facilitate their sale in bulk, she also adds that she will be purchasing feed and vitamins. She has been at this business for 3 years and sells her sheep to a client in Zitacuaro who makes barbacoa ( mexican food ). Augustina is married to Leonidas who is a day laborer and they have 5 children. Her goal is to open a store selling groceries in order to have another source she can draw money from for her children's education.
The other 5 members are: Maria Lucia D. Jesús García, Natalia D. C., Rosa Maria V. M., Juana H. M. and they want the loan to purchase sheep to raise and sell.

In this group: Maria Lucia, Maria Nazaria, Natalia, Agustina , Rosa Maria, Juana

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gustavo Gutierrez

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