A loan of $3,775 helped a member to buy sheep, feed and vaccines.


El Calvario Group's story

Olivia, 39, is the mother of three children two of which are no longer dependent on her. The eldest got married and has a little girl and the next one works and helps her with household expenses and the youngest attends primary school. She’s from the community of Crescencio Morales, a place rich in nature with beautiful scenery. It’s a Mazahua indigenous zone and most of the people dress and speak the Mazahua dialect. She belongs to a group called “El Calvario” (Calvary). Olivia’s business is raising sheep to sell and she also grows avocados. When they are in season she goes out to sell them by the bucketful in Zitácuaro. She’s married to Santos who lives in the United States and helps her with household expenses. She opened her business because her three children used to attend school and her husband's stipend that he would send her wasn’t enough. She gradually saved up to buy sheep to raise and then sell in her town. She says that the months she sells the most are May which is when school lets out and the sheep are needed for parties given for the graduates and also in December for the Christmas feasts. Now, she’s asking for a loan to buy feed, vaccines and anti-parasitic agents and to buy organic manure and insecticide so that her trees will be in better condition and produce better quality fruit. The other three group members are Ruperta, Gustavo and Miguel and they will invest their loans in the purchase of sheep and feed for them.

In this group: Ruperta, Olivia, Gustavo, Miguel
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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