A loan of $3,050 helped a member to buy sorghum and corn and corn-feed in order to nourish the sheep.

Huexca Santa Cruz Group's story

This communal bank is called Huexca Santa Cruz and is made up of members Alicia, Maricela and Eliza who are going to buy sheep to breed; Gloria who is going to buy bracelets and gold rings; Rodolfo who is going to buy calves; Secorro who is going to buy milk to use making cheese and cream; Alejandra who is going to buy eggs, milk and soft drinks; Roció who is going to buy fertilizer; María del Socorro who is going to buy corn, meat, tomatoes, onions, chiles to make tlacoyos (similar to tortillas) and sandwiches.

Maricela is 40 years old. She is married and has 3 children, 2 sons and 1 daughter. The two youngest are high school students. She sells sheep and is asking for a loan in order to buy sorghum and corn and corn-feed in order to nourish the sheep. She began her business 8 years ago, encouraged by her husband, beginning with the profit from the sell of sorghum.

Most people in this community work as livestock farmers, having sheep in the fields. The business is important because it provides income for food, to reinvest, and for parties for the children. She likes to see the sheep grow and she feels proud to see her children helping to nurture the sheep and putting them out to pasture in the afternoon.

Her hopes and dreams are that her business continues growing, and to build a little room as a bedroom for her daughter, and that her youngest children continue studying.

The members of the group send this message to Kiva and the Fundación Realidad, “thank them for the loans, for their confidence in us, and say that we will make the payments and we hope that they continue supporting us through our loans.”

In this group: Gloria, Rodolfo, Alicia, Socorro, Alejandra, Maricela, Rocio, Maria Del Socorro, Eliza

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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