A loan of $6,600 helped a member to buy sheep, chickens, and corn.

Libertad Group's story

The group “Libertad” (Freedom) consists of four cheerful and hardworking women who always enjoy succeeding at everything. They chose the name of the group because they believe their country is free of slavery. Apparently Doña Olga had the idea of what slavery was like in Mexico.

Doña Olga is the group representative. She says that she is 58 years old and has been married to Sr. Pablo for 34 years. At the moment, they do not have any dependent children. They all live in San Pablo Tlachichilpa, a place where the people are friendly and hardworking. Doña Olga raises and sells animals. She is requesting a loan in order to buy sheep, chickens, and corn in large quantities because she knows that the prices have increased. She has already been in business for 30 years. When she was a young girl, her parents were in the same line of work. Her parents would take their animals out to pasture, but times have changed since there is no place for her animals to graze. Therefore, she must buy food for her animals such as grasses, ground corn, and other types of feed.

Doña Olga’s greatest challenge is when her animals get sick because she does not have the resources to cover veterinary expenses and medicines. Each month she has to buy a powdered remedy for her chickens and also have her sheep checked for parasites. Her goal is to have savings set aside for emergencies. She and her husband are older, so they are not able to continue working as easily as before.

Doña Olga is very grateful because the loans have enabled her to buy several animals. She always tries to save, but whenever she is able to treat herself, she buys things that she needs such as new shoes, shawls, and other items. Doña Olga and the other members of her group are very pleased and appreciative of FRAC and Kiva because they will be able to invest in their businesses. Trinidad and Carmen will buy sheep, while Beatriz will buy chickens.

In this group: Olga, Ma Trinidad, Maria Del Carmen, Beatriz

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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