A loan of $1,950 helped a member to buy cattle and animal feed.

Mira (Gualaceo) Group's story

The Mira credit group is made up of seven women who live in the outskirts of the Zhidama parish in the Gualaceo region. This region has a moderate climate well-suited to cultivating various types of fruit trees. It also has a number of places where you can enjoy nature. Its people are very capable and it is where they make the best footwear in the entire country. The main source of income in the area is trade, animal husbandry, and agriculture.

One of the group members is Rosa. She joined the group two years ago. She likes this type of credit group because she can share good times with her group mates. They help each other in times of difficulty and share their joys in the good times.

Rosa is 37 years old. She is married and from her marriage has four children, ages 10, 14, 16, and 21. Her oldest child is working and helps her out financially. Two of her children are studying in secondary school, while the youngest is in the local elementary school. Her husband works as a day laborer. The house that they live in is their own.

Doña Rosa works in the fields. She raises chickens, guinea pigs, pigs, and cattle, from which she sells the milk. She also gardens, and her harvest is both to sell and to eat in their home. She also works making guaipe (cleaning rags).

The money from this loan is to buy cattle and feed for her animals. Her goal is to increase her animal-raising business.

In this group: Rosa Aurelia, María Lourdes, Rosa Filomena, Clara Beatriz, María Domitila, María Consolación, María Dolores

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Patton

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