A loan of $4,350 helped a member to purchase animal feed and inoculations for pigs.

Union Y Amistad Group's story

Lidia is 30-years old. She is a native of an indigenous community called Macho de Agua, which adjoins the State of México. An office for Visión Mundial there helps low-income children to have a better quality of life. Lidia has two children who are sponsored by Visión Mundial, and she says that thanks to this organization her children live in better conditions. They are watchful of their nutrition, health and education so they can be productive members of their community and their country. In addition, Lidia gets training on how to have a stable business. She decided eight years ago to have a business raising and selling pigs. Her husband made her a number of pens so she could keep her pigs in good conditions. She says that she decided to sell pigs because in her community nobody was doing so. And so she got excited about it. In addition, the pigs are easy to feed. She says that her husband helps her to sell them, as he takes them in a pick-up truck to a town where there are street markets every Thursday. He sells them there. She says that there are two months a year that she sells a bit more, which are June- because of the school closings- and December- because of the December Christmas celebrations and the New Year. She also says that in her town, people come to her house to buy pigs. She has three big pigs which are the ones that give offspring, so she keeps the big ones. She also has a stud, which she doesn't sell. Right now Lidia is asking for a loan to purchase animal feed and inoculations for the animals to keep them in the best possible condition.
Lidia belongs to a communal bank called "Unión y Amistad" (Union and Friendship) which has been working together for various cycles. She says that they are doing well in their businesses. The other members are Ofelia, Marisol, Fabián and Gilberta. They will invest in their businesses, which are an avocado garden, a school cooperative, medications for a pharmacy and clothing for babies and women.

In this group: Lidia, Ofelia, Marisol, Fabian, Gilberta

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marni Siegal

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