A loan of $3,475 helped a member to buy sheep and turkeys to raise and then sell, and to purchase food for the animals.

Chalmita Ganaderia Group's story

Sara is 26 years old and is from an indigenous community called Lindero which is located in the state of México. She is the mother of one son who will soon begin school. She says that she is excited for her son to go to preschool. Although the costs are high between the materials that the school requests she purchase and the uniform required, she says that it is all worth it for her son to study so that when he is older he will have a good job because the work in the fields is very difficult.

She belongs to a group when requests loans to improve their businesses in order to be able to get income and improve their living conditions. Her group is called Chalmita because she and her group members are followers of the holy saint of Chalma. She has been making a living over sheep for two years and says that she began this business to support her husband with the household expenses and also so that she can have her own income. She says that her sales are best during the months of May, June and December. During May and June it is because the schools are closing so the parents are making food and having parties to celebrate their children leaving school, and in December it is because of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's celebrations.

She comments that her sales are going well and she is now requesting a loan to buy food for her the seven sheep that remain from her recent sales. She also wants to buy a ewe to continue raising more lambs. She also raises and sells turkeys which are easier to care for than sheep. She buys the sheep from others in her community and she sells them from her home. Her husband also sometimes brings the sheep and turkey to sell in a community called Zitacuaro where an open air market is held on Thursdays when they need money more urgently.

She is thankful to Visión Fund for the loan that is being given to her so that she can improve her business. The rest of the members of the group include Cecilia, Esperanza, and María Marcelina. They invest their loan amounts in a grocery store and to buy sheep and animal feed.

In this group: Esperanza, Sara, Cecilia, Maria Marcelina

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gina Cappuccitti

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