A loan of $1,625 helped a member to buy cows and calves.

San Miguel Arcangel (Flat) Group's story

Gonzalo is a member of the “San Miguel Arcángel” (St. Michael the Archangel) group. He’s been married to Sara for 30 years and they have a son attending secondary school. They live in a community called “El Carmen” which is a place with a very narrow access road; one must reach it by foot.

“Don Chalo,” as he’s known in his community, will use the loan to buy and sell cattle like cows and calves. He’s been in this business ten and a half years. He also works in agriculture growing corn and beans in the season that produces very good results.

He comments that his father taught him to work in the fields when he was still a boy so that when he got married he already knew that he’d be responsible for forming a home where he’d be very happy. He’s very grateful to God now for the family He’s given him. What he most wants from his business is that in time he’ll be able to continue working to support his son with his schooling as well as to buy a vehicle to transport the cattle he buys and then to resell.

The other group members are María del Socorro who will use the loan to buy whole coffee beans to grind and then sell by the kilo, Romelia who will use the loan to buy ingredients like eggs, oil and baking powder to make ‘marquesote’ [traditional sweet bread] and lastly, Yesenia Guadalupe who will use the loan to buy fruit and vegetables.

In this group: Maria Del Socorro, Gonzalo, Romelia, Yesinia Guadalupe

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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