A loan of $4,325 helped a member buy chickens and turkeys.

Barrio El Riito Group's story

The group, "Barrio el Riito" is made up of eight women, all of whom are Mazahuas. They belong to the same community, which is very beautiful and interesting because it has various festivals all year, and above all because they preserve their culture like their native language and very colorful dress. They chose the name of the group themselves because of the small river that they live close to. The people in the community use its water for many things.

Elodia is a 24-year-old young woman who is very happy and despite her young age has a great, enterprising spirit. She has been in a free union with her husband Jaime (who works in construction) for 6 years. Together, they have a family with 2 children. Their youngest child is their 5-year-old who hasn't started school yet. They also have an infant.

Elodia has worked raising chickens and turkeys for 5 years. She learned how to raise them from chicks until they become adults thanks to her mother. When she decided to start her own family, she decided to find some way to help her husband with the household expenses and started raising chickens on her own. She isn't able to leave the house to work because her children are young and there is no one else to take care of them.

Elodia is very grateful to Kiva and Vision Fund for the loan because it will allow her to buy her small turkeys and chickens. She will take care of them in her house for 8 months and then either sell them or use them to feed her family to save on food expenses. The only problem that Eloida has is when her animals get sick and die. She thinks that it is often because it is very cold and she doesn't have a coop for them. This challenge doesn't discourage her, however, because these things happen.

Elodia's only goal is to be able to have more chickens and turkeys, since they sell very well during holidays in her community. Elodia mentioned that "I am fortunate to have my own house but I would like to improve it so as to have access to all basic utilities and live better." In addition, one of Elodia's dreams is to pay for the education of her children and allow them to study to have professional jobs.

The members of the group and very happy and grateful to Vision Fund and Kiva because they will be able to invest in their businesses. Tomasa will be able to buy bull calves while Luisa, Rosaura, Pilar, Tomasa, and Antonia are asking for loans to buy sheep. Finally, Herlinda will be able to stock her grocery store.

In this group: Luisa, Maria Del Pilar, Antonia, Elodia, Herlinda, Ma Tomasa, Rosaura

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patrick Bales

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