A loan of $1,800 helped a member to buy four piglets.

Altamirano Group's story

The “Altamirano” group consists of six people, all very hardworking women. It’s a group that likes to socialize and is noted for the great friendship that exists among them. The members of the group relate that they chose the name themselves because there was an animal farm called “Altamirano” in the zone where the group first became organized and where they usually met.

María Isabel, 40, is a member of the group. She’s married to Martín who works as a field hand and they’ve formed a family together; they have a son who is now attending school. Isabel is very young but at her young age she works raising and selling pigs. Isabel commented: “Ever since I was a girl my father encouraged me to care for these little animals; he’d tell me that it was a good way to help my husband with household expenses.” Isabel has been in her activity for three years and she likes it very much, even more so when they are big and she can sell them although one of the difficulties for selling them at a good price is that often the hard work and effort that went into raising them isn’t valued.

Isabel buys the animals when they are little and cares for them for a few months. It seems that feed for pigs is very expensive but without it her little piglets won’t be able to grow big and strong. This time she’s asking for the loan to buy four pigs that she intends to sell whenever her family faces any economic problem like the one they are living through at present: her little boy has a strong eye infection and expenses are greater.

Isabel commented with a smile: “I’d like to have better quality of life for my little boy so that someday he can have a good job and not suffer from any wants.” Isabel is sure that she’ll be able to continue raising piglets to help her husband with household expenses.

All the group members are very happy and grateful because each one of them will be able to invest in her business. Patricia, Jessica, Alberta and Elvira will invest in pigs and Teresa in sheep.

In this group: Patricia, Teresa, Elvira, María Isabel, Jessica Saray, Ma Albertha

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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