A loan of $6,950 helped a member to purchase sheep and feed.

Colonia Zapata Group's story

The "Colonia Zapata" group is from a very beautiful community known for its cornfields but above all for the unfailing kindness of its people. The group consists of six very hard-working women who place the welfare of their families above all else. One of the members, Doña Andrea, noted, "It was our choice because there is another group in the community with a very similar name." She is 42 and married to Germán, a construction worker. They have four children who are all still dependents, three of whom are in school. For ten years, Doña Andrea has raised sheep and sold them. She buys the sheep young for the sole purpose of fattening and selling them. She is requesting this loan to purchase more sheep and feed. Doña Andrea began to help care for her father's sheep when she was a young girl and her mother died. She helped her father increase the family's income to meet the expenses of her raising her younger siblings. "When I got married, I also wanted to help my husband with the cost of raising our children. A loan helped me raise more sheep. Raising sheep is very good because many times we can sell them when we don't have money, which gets us through tough times. The only problem Doña Andrea has had in the past ten years has been when her sheep become sick and die. Sheep deaths represent losses of both income and investments to Doña Andrea. She therefore tries to take excellent care of them and has a veterinarian examine them every two to three months. Doña Andrea works long hours caring for her sheep so she can provide her children an education. Her dream is for one of the children to have a professional career. The other members of the "Colonia Zapata" group are very happy and grateful to KIVA and Vision Fund because they'll be able to invest in their businesses. Doña Leonarda, Aurelia, and Maxima will purchase sheep, Martha will purchase feed for her animals, and Ofelia will buy feed for the calves she keeps at her home.

In this group: Leonarda, Andrea, Aurelia, Martha, Ofelia, Maria Maxima

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Stephen Volante

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