A loan of $4,125 helped a member to purchase materials for child births like bandages, cotton, gauze, alcohol, pain medicine, etc.


Union Y Amistad Group's story

Gilberta is 54 years old and is a hard-working woman. Her job is very unusual, as she has been a midwife for more than 18 years. She says that she learned on her own and little by little perfected her techniques. She is recognized by Mexico's social welfare institute, which has given training to provide a better service in her community. Gilberta says that every year many women come to her for her midwife service and to keep track of their pregnancies. She says that through this work she is proud to bring children into the world. She plans to buy bandages, cotton, gauze, alcohol, pain medicines, surgical soap and other items. She says that this loan will help her out a lot because she will have the necessary materials to provide a good service to her community. Gilberta's goal is to keep helping her community and to have a special birthing room that she would like to equip with ultrasounds so the women can see how their babies are coming along. The other six members of the group are Lidia, Ofelia, Marisol, Fabián, Sandra and Juan Carlos. They plan to use the loan to purchase supplies for a cooperative school, to purchase sheep and food for the animals, to purchase clothing for women and young girls, to purchase supplies to cultivate peach and avocado, and to sell fruits and legumes.

In this group: Lidia, Ofelia, Marisol, Fabian, Gilberta, Sandra, Juan Carlos

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein


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