A loan of $2,925 helped a member buy sheep.

Divicion Hanrrora Group's story

The group “Hanrrora Division” is located in the tranquil San Isidro Boxipe community. The day we visited the group their town was celebrating their biggest holiday for Saint Isidor. Some of the members of the group participated in the dance.
They chose the name of the group because there were already 41 members and a division was necessary and they chose to name it after their town. One portion was named Hanrrora and this group was named Hanrrora Division.
Mrs. Catalina is a member of the group and she tells us she has been working with the institution for lots of time now. She is 66 years old, widowed, and until recently lived alone since she got sick and one of her sons comes to look after her. Mrs. Catalina raises sheep for 30 years now. She decided to start the business alone since it is a common business in the community. She takes care of them, fattens them up so they grow a certain size, and sells them at a reasonable price.
One of the biggest difficulties is when her sheep get sick and die. She tells us that recently 5 have died and she is very sad since it is a hard hit loosing 5 at once. Recently she has fixed the corral she keeps them in to protect them better.
Mrs. Catalina’s goal is to have more sheep and is requesting the loan to buy 5 more and feed. She has always wanted to see her corral filled with both large and small sheep.
She comments that her income helps her buy more sheep and improve her life quality like buying things she needs such as shoes, clothes, food, and maintain the corn crops she has on the side. Her sons will help her pay back the loan since they work.
The group is formed by new members: Austreberta, Irma, Teresa, Juliana y María Eva. They will use the loan to buy sheep to raise and sell. Mrs. Eloisa, Aurora, Eva will buy feed, grass, and corn. Finally, Mrs. Lucia will buy chickens, turkeys, and sheep to raise. In the end, the members will invest in their businesses and they are all thankful with the loans since they are always a great help.

In this group: Austreberta, Aurora, Irma, Martha Catalina, Eva, Teresa, Juliana, Lucia*, Eloisa, María Eva
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Susan Garza

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