A loan of $2,175 helped a member purchase 2 pigs, 15 chickens as well as food and corn.

San Jose Barrio Group's story

The “Barrio San Jose” group is located in a remote area very far from the center of the community. There are many fields where corn is grown. The “Barrio” part of name of the group was chosen by the members of the group because they live in a neighborhood (Barrio) in the community. The “San Jose” comes was chosen because the church in the area and the patron saint of the community is named San Jose.

The group has eight members. They are all very hard-working, country women. This time, all the women have requested the loan in order to invest in their businesses. Leticia will purchase sheep and piglets. Fernanda will buy sheep. Araceli will buy pigs. Teresa will buy pigs also.

Finally, Ofelia, the representative of the group, is 41 years old. She has been married for seven years to Jose Noe who is a construction worker. Together, they have four children. Anel Edith is 13 years old and she is in the third year of secondary school. Anelis is 12 years old. She is in her first year of secondary school. Noe Govani is ten years old and is in the fifth year of primary school. Alma Belen is six years old. She is in her first year of primary school.

Ofelia is a housewife. However, she also raises animals. This time, she is requesting a loan to purchase two pigs, 15 chickens, food and corn. She has been doing this for 10 years. She has two pigs, four chickens and a duck. She buys them when they are small and sells them when they are big. With her earnings, she can buy food and shoes for her family or she can purchase more animals.

Her goal is to increase her amount of livestock in order to earn more income and to improve her quality of life and her home.

The group says, “we are very grateful for the support you have given us, it has been a great help to be able to improve the quality of our lives for ourselves and our families.”

In this group: Leticia, Araceli, Ofelia, Aurelia, Fernanda, Teresa, Margarita, Maria Guadalupe

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lauren Jackson

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