A loan of $6,500 helped a member to buy chicken and chicken wire for the chicken coop.

El Castillo 2 Group's story

The location is 100% sugarcane. Therefore, most of the inhabitants work in the field. The dam is one hour away, and 30 minutes away is another place known for selling 'mojarra ' [a fish]. The people there still speak their maternal language, Mazateco. The El Castillo 2 group was created in this community, and it is comprised of ten members.

Alicia sells ornamental plants, Margarita sells shoes by catalog, Evarista sells chicken, Daniela sells snacks, Minerva sells soft drinks, Eduardo sells dough and corn, Lidia sells cakes and pizza, Elodia sells tacos, Mariela sells shoes by catalog.

Minerva Alicia has been selling butchered chicken for six years. She gets up very early to dress the chickens that she will sell during the day. She started selling chicken to support her husband. Thanks to the loans that have been given to her, she has managed to grow little by little in her business. Minerva mentioned that she will now buy more chickens and chicken wire to expand the coop where she puts them so that they do not get away. Having her husband's support is a big motivation. With the profits, she has remodeled the house and paid for those expenses. With the profits that she gets she will save to buy a chicken skinner. This way it will be easier for her to have the chicken ready, and she will be able to sleep a little more.

Being part of the communal bank makes everyone a family, and they have always tried to join our efforts.

In this group: Alicia, Minerva Alicia, Margarita, Evarista, Daniela, Minerva Jessica, Eduardo*, Lidia, Elodia, Mariela
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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