A loan of $6,600 helped a member to buy manure, guinea pigs, chickens and animal feed.

14 De Agosto (Gualaceo) Group's story

This "14 de Agosto" loan group has eleven members, all women, who live in the Zhidmad community in the Gualaceo community. This is a beautiful sector because of its geography and the dreamlike landscapes. The area has an excellent climate, just right for growing a great variety of fruits, and has very fertile land. The people here are friendly and kind, and have hands skilled for doing all sorts of artisan work. The members of the loan group are very good friends and share a common goal - to give their children a better quality of life.

One member of this group is 51-year-old María. She is married and has four children. The eldest three are married and live apart. The youngest daughter is attending the local school. The family owns the house where they live. María's husband works as a builder.

María makes a living working in the country. She has cattle, the milk from which she sells. She also raises guinea pigs, lambs and chickens. María grows crops for home consumption and, if there is any left over, to sell. In addition to this, María sells home-made ice cream.

This loan will buy used to buy manure, to improver her pastures, guinea pigs, chickens and animal feeds. María's goal is to have more cattle, and of a higher quality.

In this group: María Matha, Norma Lucia, Hilda Marcelina, Bertha Beatriz, Luz Margarita, Nancy Isabel, María Zoila, Rosa Carmelina, Silvia María, Mercy Diana, María Manuela De Jesús

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw

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