A loan of $6,125 helped a member to buy a cow and cattle feed.

Las Mazahuas Group's story

The “Las Mazahuas” group has worked together for many years with the communal bank and comprises women who have always tried to give their families the best. Their group name was chosen because the mother tongue of many of the women is mazua. One of the members is Claudia, who is 54 and has been married to Francisco for 35 years. Together, they form a family with their 9 children, 3 of which still depend on Claudia and Francisco. Claudia breeds and fattens dairy cows: she buys them as calves, raises them and fattens them up; once they're ready for breeding, they mate with a bull; and when the calf is born, the cow will produce milk. This time Claudia is requesting a loan to buy a cow and cattle feed. Claudia says she started breeding cattle 30 years ago and she initiated this business in order to help out with the household expenses and the education of her children. Claudia comments, "since I was little, I enjoyed watching the birth of calves". Claudia's difficulties are many, like lack of cattle feed that she can't afford to buy in large quantities, and the income she loses when a cow gets sick and dies. Despite all of this, Claudia is enthusiastic and hard working and that's exactly why her goal is to own many dairy cows that will produce big quantities that she can sell to more people, and eventually make cheese with her cows' milk. All of Claudia's earnings would be put toward supporting her daughters who are currently students and who want to finish their professional studies. Each of her daughters has a different dream. The other members of the group also hope to succeed and that's why they're requesting this loan. The loan will be invested in their businesses: Raquel and Maribel will buy pigs for breeding; Nieves, Paula and Karina will buy sheep for breeding and selling; Esther will buy calves for breeding, fattening up and selling; Carmen will invest in her grocery store; Ariana will invest in jewelry; and Felisa will buy turkey for breeding and selling. The group is very happy with and grateful to the communal bank, which has been a big help in improving their quality of life.

In this group: Raquel, Claudia, Maribel, Ma Paula, Ma Nieves, Ariana, Esther, Felisa, María Del Carmen, Karina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Beatriz Yuste

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