A loan of $3,200 helped a member to buy 2 or 3 sheep, fodder, grass cuttings, corn and de-worming medicine.

El Limoncito Group's story

The “El Limoncito” [The Little Lemon Tree] group is maD. up of nine enterprising and responsible women. The group renewed its loan again. Maria Elena didn't participate this time but there is a new member named Maribel.

Maribel is 35 years old and married to José, who works in the fields. They have 5 children. Miriam is 15, and couldn't go to school anymore due to a lack of money. Luis Manuel is 13 and in high school, Álvaro is 11 and in sixth graD., Isaac is 9 and in fourth graD., and Maribel is 8 and in second graD..

Maribel is a housewife and her activity is raising sheep. She has 2 years experience doing this and at this time has 5 sheep at her house. This time she has asked for the loan to buy 2 or 3 more sheep, since she wants to have more. She also remarks that is there is enough, she will also buy fodder, D.-worming medicine and vitamins.

Her only problem is when the animals get sick because they can die but this time she will do everything to avoid that happening again. One goal that Maribel has is for her children to finish their studies and for her daughter Miriam to go back to high school. She also wants to own her own house.

"Thanks to the loan, we have been able to get ahead and more than anything, our quality of life has improved and it's all thanks to FRAC and KIVA"

In this group: Virginia, Rosa, Miryam, Maria Rosalba, Rosa Isela, Leticia, Lorenza, Jazmin, Maribel

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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