A loan of $2,500 helped a member but 3 sheep.

Para Vivir Mejor Group's story

The group “To Live Better” is formed of two men and six women. They are very responsible and hard-working people. When we visited them they were very happy that their loans were authorized, meaning they could buy more animals. The following are the members of the group: Doña Alejandra, María del Carmen, Juana Cruz, Catalina, y Don Horacio y José Guadalupe. They will buy sheep to raise and sell. Roció will buy pigs to raise and sell.
They live in a beautiful place called Yódense of the cedar. It is known for celebrating Day of the Dead the first of every November and the homes being made out of wood. They chose the name of the group because they want to improve their and their families’ lives.
Mrs. Juna who is the representative of the group is 48 years old, has been married to Mr. Félix for 32 years who works in the field, and are raising one son.
Mrs. Juna raises sheep for a living and has a grocery store and a grinder for mixtamal (corn dough). This time she was going to buy three sheep and if she has any money left over she will buy merchandise to stock up her grocery store.
She started raising sheep with a loan she received. She started her grocery store business by selling candy in a wooden house and will invest in a gas grinder because the electric one could only run when there was electricity available to grind mixtamal.
The hardest part about raising sheep are providing them with portable water and having to take them to the well to drink.
Mrs. Juana’s goals are to improve her and her family’s life quality, have more sheep, have more clients for her store, and have a gas grinder to increase profits to pay for household expenditures and her loan.

In this group: Juana, Jose Guadalupe, Juana, Catalina, Rocio, Horacio, Alejandra Gloria, Maria Del Carmen

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Susan Garza

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