A loan of $2,725 helped a member to buy sheep and pasture grass.

Las Golondrinas Del Ejido Group's story

The group “Las Golondrinas” is made up of 8 hardworking and responsible women who work in the fields. They say that they chose this name (The Swallows) because these small birds are found in the community and ejido (communal farming lands) where they live. Maria del Socorro (who is affectionately called Mari) is the representative of this group. She tells us that she is 37 years old and has been married to Benjamin for 13 years. They have formed a family with 3 children, 2 of whom attend school.

Mari has had a business raising sheep for 2 years. She started this business because of an idea given to her by her sister-in-law. She currently has 2 sheep that she cares for very well. Every morning she gets up and gives them hay, pasture grass or ground corn. When she sees that they are very dirty she washes them, and she also provides them with water when needed.

This time she is requesting a loan to buy more sheep. She would like to buy two, and the food to feed them. What Mari enjoys the most about this work is when her sheep have babies, because she has a sheep that just had a baby and Mari received it with a lot of excitement and pleasure. Meanwhile, Mari told us about her experience with the baby sheep in a joking manner, saying, "What I like the least is when they cry a lot and I don't know why. Perhaps it's because they are very spoiled and so they know that I will give them anything they ask for." She also tells us that it she finds it difficult when her sheep get sick and die, and almost all of the group members agree. Also, another difficulty that Mari faces is that the place where she has her sheep is a very small space. Mari's goal is to have her children finish a course of study, even a short one, so that they can have a secure job, because she wants her family's quality of life to improve.

The members of this group are: Elena, who will invest in pigs and chickens, Lura, who will buy pasture grass for sheep, Carmen, who will buy pigs, Candelaria, who will buy chickens and pigs, Maribel, who will buy chickens, Victorina, who will buy pigs and turkeys, and finally, Cristina, who will buy sheep. The members of the group "Las Golondrinas del Ejido," are sincerely grateful for this loan that is being granted to them by FRAC and by Kiva.

In this group: Maria Del Socorro, Maria Elena, Laura, Ma Del Carmen, Candelaria, Maribel, Victorina, Cristina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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