A loan of $5,125 helped a member to buy calves.

Lucero Group's story

The "Lucero" [Bright Star] group has nine members, all hardworking but, above all, very happy, women. They live in a quiet community where the majority of people earn their living growing corn. They selected the group's name from among a number of options; it was the one they liked best. Lucero, one of the members, tells us that she's thirty-three, and has been married to Zeferino for several years, and together they have two children who are in school.

Lucero says that, although she was born elsewhere, she came to live in this community. She makes her living raising and selling calves. She buys them when they are small, raises and cares for them very well, giving them the food they need like corn and feed. But she often needs to give them vitamins so they don't get sick and die. She has been in business for seven years, having started out when she came to live with her in-laws. She loved milking the cows, which she had learned while living with her parents. Then, thanks to the first loan she received from the Institution, she decided to buy her first calf. Although her in-laws had sheep, she didn't pay much attention because it was her dream to have calves.

She says, "I really love cows and milking. However, the hard part is when they get sick and oftentimes don't recover, and die. It's an enormous loss of income, and I would like to get some kind of training so I can care for my animals better." Difficulties aside, Lucero wants the business to keep growing so she can improve the corral; if the cow are doing well they'll produce. Lucero is hoping that this will provide good security for her and her husband in their old age, and that their children will get professional degrees so they can have a better quality of life.

Other members of the group have their own businesses, just like Lucero: Ana Lilia and Vanessa will invest in their grocery store; Francisca and Rocío will invest in candy; Aurelia will buy sheep; Elena will invest in clothing and shoes; Josefina will buy chickens; and Margarita will buy bulls. All the women in the group have a great desire make their families succeed. They are very grateful to the Institution and to Kiva for the loan because it has been a big help in allowing them to improve their families' quality of life.

In this group: Ana Lilia, Lucero, Aurelia, Josefina, Ma Elena, Margarita, Rocío, Ma Francisca, Venessa*
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jill Heske

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