A loan of $3,325 helped a member to buy turkeys.


Meloma Group's story

The “Melom” group comprises 8 very hardworking women who live in a beautiful community where people still converse in their native tongue. They relate that the group name was chosen because that’s the name of their town but in the Mazahua mother tongue. Francisca, who is the group representative, relates that’s she’s been married to José for 47 years. They formed a family of seven children three of which are still dependent. “Doña Mago” as she’s affectionately referred to relates that she’s been selling turkeys for 18 years having learned from her parents who worked raising animals like turkeys. She also used to have chickens and sheep but didn’t consider them to be good options so that’s why she stayed with turkeys and why she’s asking for a new loan to buy four more turkeys. The only difficulty Doña Mago has is when the turkeys get sick and die. She often loses her profit and the investment she made when she bought them. Doña Mago comments: “It doesn’t matter. I will continue striving to help my son who is about to complete high-school and I’d like him to continue studying and have a career. To do so, though, I’m going to have to have quite a few more animals and I know that with a Kiva loan I’ll be succeed.” The other group members are: Dulce, Francisca, Genoveva, María Guadalupe, María and María Luisa who will invest in goats and María Guadalupe who will buy chicks to raise.

In this group: Francisca, María Guadalupe, María Guadalupe, María Luisa, Margarita, Genoveva, Dulce *, María
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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