A loan of $3,925 helped a member to buy four sheep and feed.

Ranchería Group's story

The group, "Ranchería" is made up of four hardworking women, who live in an area where their Mazahua customs and language still have a very noticeable presence. Typical dress and the native language are still very common. The women chose this group name because where they live used to be a ranch called "Ranchería".

Doña Yolanda, who is the group's representative, is 35 years old. She has been married for 14 years to Alejandro, who works in construction. They have three school-aged children. Doña Yolanda, for the last 20 years, has made a living raising sheep. She owns eight sheep and with this loan, she plans to buy four more, as well as feed for them.

Doña Yolanda mentions that "I began raising sheep because as a young girl, I learned from my mother how to take care of them and raise them. I saw that this was a good way to make money." Doña Yolanda is a very warm and happy person because thanks to her earnings from this work, she has been able to help improve her family's quality of life. The only obstacle she's faced so far has been disease among the animals, which sometimes kills her sheep, causing her to lose income. Though she has never received any formal training in raising sheep, she is sure that when it is colder, more of her animals get sick. She is trying to take better care of her animals, so that she doesn't lose any more and so she will be able to earn more income to help her improve her family's quality of life. She hopes to give her daughters a better education so that they will be able to have professional careers.

Doña Yolanda and the other members of this group are very grateful for this loan since it will help them buy more small animals like sheep.

In this group: María Guadalupe , María Manuela, Yolanda , María Luisa

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Craven

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