A loan of $3,075 helped a member to buy animal feed for pigs.

Eden Group's story

The group “Eden” is composed of five people, both men and women. All of them are very good friends and unconditional support exists among them. They chose their name themselves from the biblical name, calling it after the place where Adam and Eve lived.

Adoración, or Dora as she is affectionately called, is the representative of the group. She is 40 years old and married to Armando. They have a daughter who is studying. Dora has been raising and selling pigs for six years saying about starting her business, “Breeding pigs was a necessity because of the lack of stable work and the inclination and framework were already there from my parents to begin raising pigs.” Dora’s parents also work in this field. Dora breeds and fattens some of her piglets to sell later while some of the other pigs are only used for breeding and she starts looking for buyers right away as many times it is hard to find people wanting to buy a piglet.

Dora also offers her piglets through her neighbors placing a sign outside their house reading, “Piglets for sale”. This situation is difficult for Dora, that is to say, finding a good buyer. She has extensive experience in pigs because since she was a young girl she has been involved in this business.

Her pigs can only have six or seven piglets in each litter. From the moment of conception they have a four month period of gestation, then the piglets are born and for forty days Dora has to be especially careful with them, waiting for the time when she can sell them. Although she knows before hand that it will be difficult to sell her piglets, she is very motivated to continue working in this field. “There is no other option than to continue going forward. I would like to grow my business. I have the necessary structures in place to have enough piglets but in the community there are many neighbors growing and selling pigs so I can’t sell them easily.”

However, Dora’s goal is to see her daughter become a surgeon. This professional desire has been there since childhood because her grandparents were always ailing, and she always wanted to help them get better.

The members of the group are Wilebaldo who will invest by selling rigging ropes; Álvaro who raises, fattens and sells chickens and turkeys; José sells fibers, and Rosario raises and fattens pigs. They are very grateful for the opportunity of receiving a loan funded by people from different parts of the world, and because they have been with VisionFund Mexico for two years they have already seen their activities improve.

In this group: Adoracion, J Wilebaldo , Alvaro, Jose Elio, Rosario
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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