A loan of $3,875 helped a member to buy sheep and feed.

Ranchería Group's story

The group, "Ranchería" is located in a community known for its customs. The women from this community are still in the habit of dressing in their traditional outfits. These colorful outfits are made by the women themselves. The traditional fabric with which they make the outfits is called satin. Also, for accessories they wear a large necklace around their neck, and one cannot miss their earrings.

The inhabitants of this community make a living by raising animals and growing corn. The group "Ranchería" is made up of four members, all of whom are hard-working and responsible women.

Doña Luisa is 64 years old, has been married to Señor Francisco for 16 years, and together they form a family with 12 children; 8 men and 4 women.
Doña Luisa has made a living by raising, fattening, and selling lambs for 30 years. Doña Luisa buys medium-sized lambs, then raises and fattens them. Later, she sells the lambs to the those who barbecue; the larger and fatter the lamb, the better the pay. This time she is asking for the loan to buy more lambs. She does not know the exact quantity because she does not have the prices, but with the extra money she plans to buy feed.

She tells how she began this work: "My mom also had lambs when I was very young. Since then I have known how to care for these little animals. When I started to live with my husband, I wanted to help with the household expenses and education costs. Since my children were young and I could not go out to work, I dedicated myself to raising lambs. It was the best option because that way I was keeping an eye on my children."

Doña Luisa's lambs are a very good source of income because her husband is sick and cannot work. Thus, when they need money she only has to sell her lambs so that they don't suffer financial problems. However, the trouble that Doña Luisa faces is the lack of a good farmyard because without it her little lambs can get sick and die in lower temperatures. Nevertheless, Doña Luisa wishes to have more lambs so that she and her husband Francisco can live with peace of mind, and also to pay for Don Francisco's treatment.

Likewise, Señoras Yolanda, María Luisa, and Manuela are asking for the loan to be able to buy more lambs to raise, fatten, and sell.

In this group: María Manuela, Yolanda, María Luisa, Maria Luisa

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Sawyer

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