A loan of $1,950 helped a member to buy more lambs.


Las Manzanas Group's story

The "Las Manzanas" [The Apples] group is made up of very hardworking women who are always keeping an eye on the well being of their families. The place where they meet is quite peaceful and they have all known each other very well for many years. The group got its name because the area is characterized by its apple orchards.

Marcelina, the group's representative, says that she's forty-six and has been married for twenty-two years to Armando, who works as a bricklayer. They have three children, who are in various grades in school. Marcelina earns her living raising and fattening up young sheep for later sale. She buys the sheep as lambs and then raises and fattens them up for a few months. Once they're big and fat she says she sells them to her neighbors, bbq pitmasters, or just to people who come to her house asking if she sells sheep. In most of those cases, they probably want to buy a sheep to barbeque for a party or some other kind of celebration.

This time Marce is seeking a loan from the organization to buy more lambs; she's not exactly sure how many because she doesn't know what kind of prices she'll encounter. She doesn't need to buy food because in her area they can pasture the sheep every afternoon. She has been raising sheep for two years and says, "I needed a way to help my husband with household expenses and the children's education, and raising sheep at my house has really benefited me because I could raise the sheep while looking after my children." The only difficulty is when the sheep get sick and die, which means a loss of profits and investment.

Marce says that when she started raising sheep she didn't know how to care for them and was very careless. One day she fed them tamales and corn, which are really fattening and hurt and killed the sheep. She never neglected her sheep like that again. Marce's goals motivate her to keep raising her sheep. One of her objectives is to improve her home because it doesn't have a good kitchen. She'd also like to have a place where she could sell other things and have another source of income.

The members of the group include Francisco, who will invest his loan in clothing; Elena, who will buy candy and groceries; and Maria, who will buy candy. They are all very grateful to the institution and Kiva for the loan. The trust they've shown in lending the group money will be a big help.

In this group: Francisco , Maria Elena, Maria , Marcelina

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer


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