A loan of $1,750 helped a member to buy yearling sheep, corn and feed.

Grupo Santiaguito Group's story

This group is made up of just two people. The name of the group was chosen because it is the name where they live. Mrs. Filo, as she is known in the community, is the representative. She is 64 years old and is married to Leonardo. They began their family 42 years ago and have seven children of whom only one still remains a dependent. Mrs. Filo works raising animals like yearling sheep and goats. She began raising small animals out of necessity 12 years ago: "All of my children were studying and the salary of my husband was not enough to support all the educational and household expenses and thus I felt obligated to begin work with the raising of small animals and thanks to that my children were able to finish high school." She is asking for a loan in order to purchase more sheep, feed and grass for the sheep that she currently has and for those that she will buy. Mrs. Filo comments that one of her challenges is the lack of a good corral where she can keep her goats since the rainy season is approaching and they can get sick and die. Mrs. Filo has to make a great effort to raise and fatten her animals because buying the feed is not easy. However, despite all these difficulties she wants to eventually have more animals in order to continue helping her son with his studies. Filo comments: "I don't want my son to have to leave school due to a lack of money. I would like to see him succeed professionally." Daniel is the other group member and he comments that he is asking for a loan in order to buy more sheep to raise and sell.

In this group: Maria Filogonia, Daniel

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Debra McMahon

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