A loan of $5,350 helped a member to buy cattle to raise and sell their meat by the kilo.


El Centro De San Felipe Group's story

San Felipe de Alzati is an indigenous community where most of the people work growing poinsettias. It is said that San Felipe is the number one producer of poinsettias in the country. Year after year, it produces more than 8 million flowers of different varieties and it provides 2,500 direct jobs. Lamberto says that they are proud to belong to this village, because he says, "In my village we are hard-working people with a great desire to move forward." He has a butcher shop in the middle of his town. He has 17 years of experience in his business. He says that he started his business to advance his family. He has two children. One of them is in prep school and the other is three years old and doesn't go to school yet. He raises cattle and pigs to later sell by the kilo in his butcher shop. He says that he really likes what he does because he is very attentive to his business and to his animals. He says that he opens his shop starting at 8 in the morning and he closes it at six in the evening, because people come to buy meat almost all day. He also sells sausage that his wife makes. He is asking for a loan to buy some cattle to raise and later sell in his butcher shop. He says that he is very happy to work with Vision Fund, because it has not been difficult and he has been able to make his payments on time. The other groups members are Adriana, Adalberto, Lorena, and Noema. They are going to invest in their businesses, which are: buying footwear and clothing through a catalogue in order to sell them; buying, raising, and selling pigs; and buying chicken to sell by the kilo.

In this group: Adriana, Adalberto, Lamberto, Lorena, Noema
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caitlin Jones


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