A loan of $2,900 helped a member to buy four sheep and feed.

El Cerrito Group's story

The El Cerrito [The Little Hill] communal bank is comprised of four very humble and very hard-working people. They have been clients of VisionFund for several years, but only in large groups. They selected their group name because there is a beautiful hill where they live. It is the best thing you can see in the community.

Natalia says she is 32 years old, and she in in a common-law marriage with Luis. Together they have made a family with four children. However, only two of them go to school. All four of the children are dependent upon Natalia and Luis.

Natalia is a very hard-working woman. She says that ever since she was a little girl she has seen how to raise sheep. Eleven years ago she started her business activity. She buys them when they are small. They grow, and when they are big and fat she sells them. She sells to the people who regularly request them. The buyers are women who barbecue. However, she says that when the sheep are sheared she also sells the wool. This is a good income for Natalia. Her only difficulty is the cold season like November, December, and January. Her sheep often get sick and die, which is a loss of investment and income for Natalia.

Natalia is requesting a loan to buy four more sheep and the feed that her sheep will need. Natalia says, “I am very happy and grateful for the loan that was granted. Thanks to the loan I will be able to buy more sheep. What I want the most is to have a lot of sheep in order to be able to have more income and help my children with their educational expenses.”

Natalia and the other members of the group are happy and grateful for the loan. Francisca, Alfredo, and Tomas also want to buy sheep.

In this group: Francisca, Natalia, Alfredo, Tomasa

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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