A loan of $1,100 helped a member to buy animals.


Las Torres Group's story

This group is called 'Las Torres' (The Towers). It is a new group and its members are very excited to be able to receive help from these loans to start a business. They decided to give their group this name because there are some beautiful light towers near the place where they meet. They all agreed upon the name. The members live in a town called San Pedro el Alto, in the municipality of San Felipe del Progreso. San Pedro del Alto is a community that has services such as gas stations, tortilla bakeries, schools, clinics, etc. It is a very complete community, though the area where this group was formed is called San José and there are no streets there. There is a lot of farmland and cornfields and the residents can be described as very kind people.

The names of the six group members are: 1. Genoveva D. - 26 years old - will invest her loan in buying three pigs, as well as feed and corn with which to raise them, so that she can later sell them. 2. Rosalina V. - 39 years old - will invest her loan in her grocery store, buying soap, sugar, soft drinks and eggs to sell. 3. Carolina Q. - 30 years old - will invest her loan in buying three pigs, as well as feed and corn with which to raise them, so that she can later sell them. 4. Patricia M. - 33 years old - will use her loan to buy feed and corn for fattening the four pigs that she already has, so that she can later sell them 5. Irma R. - 35 years old - will invest her loan in buying two pigs, ten chickens, as well as feed and corn, so that she can raise them and then sell them. 6. Octavia Q. - 35 years old - will use her money to buy two pigs and eight turkeys, as well as feed and corn with which to fatten them, so that she can later sell them.

The group's representative is called Irma and she is 35 years old. She has been married to Antonio for 19 years. Antonio carries out building jobs in their community. The couple have five children. Their eldest is a son who is 19 years old, single, and currently works. Next they have a daughter called Rosaura who isn't currently studying. They also have a 10-year-old son who is in fifth grade, an 8-year-old who is in third grade and their youngest who is a 2-year-old boy.

Irma is requesting this loan so that she can start buying and selling animals such as pigs and chickens. She decided to join this group because she was invited by a neighbor and also because she was very keen to get ahead in life.

Irma says that she will carry out her business in the following way: once she has received her loan, she will buy her young animals in her community and take them home. She says that she would like to set up a small pen where she can raise them appropriately. She has great faith that this will be a good business and will help her to improve her family's life if it goes well. Once she has her animals home, she will buy them feed and ground corn so that they grow. She will later sell them and recoup what she invested. She says that she will sell the animals in her community without having to travel far. She is very happy to be able to receive this loan as she says that previously, owing to a lack of money, she couldn't even imagine managing to start something like this. Irma describes herself as a very respectful and hard-working person. "I like to help my husband because there are no jobs here and we have to find a way to make progress", comments Irma. This loan, without doubt, will help her to start her business and improve her life.

In this group: Genoveva, Rosalina, Carolina, Patricia, Irma, Octavia
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard


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