A loan of $3,950 helped a member to build a chicken coop.


Las Conchitas Group's story

Las Conchitas is a group which is made up of 11 women. The women live in a small community which is located on a road, opposite a fishing dam. The community is called Concepción Chico. It is locally known as 'La Concha' (The Shell). This is why the group, which is made up entirely of women, decided to give themselves the name 'Las Conchitas' (The Little Shells). Several of this group's members will invest their loan money in commercial activities: Francisca (a small store), Maria (a corn mill), Valentina (a store) and Maricela (selling shoes through a catalog). The rest of the ladies, Maria Eleuteria, Maria Irene, Maria Modesta, Rosa Felipa and Maria Guadalupe, will invest their loan money in buying corn mills since milling corn is an activity which is very much in demand. Everybody grows corn and, in order to give it to their animals as feed, they need to mill it. There aren't mills to do this. This group's representative is called Ana Luisa. She raises chickens to sell and she tells us the following about her business: "My business is raising chickens and sometimes turkeys. I would like to invest in buying chickens and also build a chicken coop so that they have somewhere to sleep and protect themselves from the weather. One problem that I have had with my animals is that, because I don't have anywhere to keep them, they disappear and then I can't find them and I lose them. I also have to vaccinate them so that they don't get flu. This loan will be very helpful to me because I have a son who is in elementary school and I will be able to help him by paying for some of the stationery supplies that he needs. My goal is to build my own home because I live with my partner in my mom's house. I am not married but I have a common-law marriage. My partner is a construction worker. First I would like to save up and buy a plot of land and then build. My business is important because it means I can start to earn, even if it's just a little bit of money, and start saving". Note: Maria C. García appears in the photo but you cannot make out her face. This is why she has been marked down as if she wasn't there.

In this group: Francisca, Maria *, Ana Luisa , Valentina, Marcela , Maria Eleuteria, Maria Irene, Maria Modesta*, Rosa , Felipa, Maria Guadalupe
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard


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