A loan of $5,875 helped a member to buy five heads of sheep and merchandise for her store.

El Manantial Group's story

The group "Manantial" (Spring) is located in a Mazahua community. In order to get to their meeting place, the members must travel a long distance on foot since it is impossible for any form of transportation to reach this site. The name of the group was chosen a long time ago. The members adopted this name because some of them previously belonged to another group with the same name. Even though they do not know the exact reason why they chose this name, they all believe that it is because the place where they live has many small springs where people can draw water for drinking and bathing.

Doña María, a member of the group, says that she is 51 years old and married to Sr. Fernando. Every evening, she scrapes the leaves of the agave plant in order to make traditional "pulque" (a fermented beverage). María and her husband have been together for more than 30 years. They formed a family, but only two of their children are dependents who continue to live with them even though they are no longer in school.

Doña María has been raising sheep for 30 years. She also has a grocery store that she opened approximately 20 years ago. María explains she began raising sheep when her mother gave her two lambs to care for. It was then that she learned everything about the business and decided to start one of her own. The store was established later on after her children and husband convinced her to start it. They also help out financially.

This time María is requesting a loan in order to buy five heads of sheep and to restock her grocery store with canned goods, soft drinks, candies, bread, eggs, milk, and other items. She is pleased and grateful that the loan will help to replenish the inventory of her store since she lacks various products. In her activities, María has no difficulties with her sheep since they are kept in very good conditions and her store is improving gradually. Her goal is to remodel her store since it only has planks of wood for displaying her products and a roof. She would like for her store to have larger shelves for storing her products. María would also like to have more sheep so that she can improve her quality of life. Overall she is very pleased because she is always able to reinvest her earnings in her businesses. She is also able to pay for the household expenses and cover her loan payments.

Doña María and the rest of her group and very happy with and appreciative of Kiva and Vision Fund (FRAC) because they will be able to invest in their various livestock activities. The other members of the group are Elvira, Lourdes, Romualda, Gloria, Paulina, Camila, and Olivia.

In this group: Gloria, Paulina, Elvira, Lourdes, María, Romualda, Camila, Olivia Leticia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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