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Natalia is from Mexico. She needs a loan of $475 to buy 4 sheep and pasture.
Natalia is 56 years old and has been married to Gerardo for 39 years. Gerardo is a farmer who grows corn, beans and broad beans. Natalia has been selling sheep for the past 30 years. She buys her sheep when they are little and then makes them grow strong and healthy to sell them. The main challenge in raising sheep is to keep them healthy, especially in cold weather. Natalia takes her sheep to the vet every month because they are very delicate and can easily get sick and die.
She is asking for a loan to buy 4 more sheep and food. She currently has three sheep. It is hard for Natalia to afford enough food for her sheep. She will make sure that her sheep grow up to be healthy and to produce healthy offspring. She needs the extra money to help her husband with their household and school expenses. The nearest school is in another community, so Natalia has to pay for their transportation. She wants her children to get a college education. With whatever profits she gets, she wants to buy shoes, clothes and food for her children.
The Agriculture business sector covers all farming and livestock activities. Some entrepreneurs request loans to help in securing supplies and equipment. Others want to buy more animals to breed or purchase feed and medicines. The majority of our loan clients live in rural communities where agriculture is already understood as a business model. It is for this reason that approximately 50% of our loans are in the agricultural sector.
Home to a primarily ethnic Mazahua population, the community of Najhé is located in a mountainous region in northeastern Mexico State. The climate is sub-humid, but temperatures are typically cool due to the region’s high elevation. Windstorms are common during the early spring, followed by heavy rains in the summer and frost in the winter.
Women in Najhé continue to wear typical Mazahua dress, and some community members uphold traditional artisan practices, producing pottery, woodwork, and crafts made of wool. The primary economic activity is agriculture. Squash, beans, and fruit are grown for consumption, while corn is grown both to eat and to sell.
World Vision’s work in Najhé includes agricultural assistance to improve nutrition and family incomes; vocational training and tutoring sessions; and self-esteem workshops. We are also working to improve health conditions by training volunteers who can educate community members and by providing housing materials that will contribute to better living environments.
Thank you for supporting a small business loan for Natalia Mauricio Lopez to expand her farming and livestock business where she raises sheep.
After receiving the loan from World Vision, she invested the $475 to buy 4 sheep and pasture.
Natalia has been repaying her loan on time with her new profits. She makes weekly payments of $59.
In addition to repaying her loan, Natalia is using additional income to purchase food for the animals and expand the current business.
Thank you for supporting Natalia and World Vision Micro!
Thank you for supporting the small business loan for Natalia Mauricio Lopez to improve her farming and livestock business. She invested her loan of $475 to buy 4 sheep and pasture.
Natalia has now repaid her loan in full. In addition to repaying her loan, Natalia has used her additional income to purchase food for the animals and expand the current business.
The loan Natalia received helped her business expand and the profits she is now earning create lasting improvements in her life. In the future Natalia hopes to expand the current business and take out another loan and purchase livestock.
Natalia says she is very grateful for the loan through World Vision, and she is glad she will be able to sell the sheep for profit.
Thank you for your support of Natalia and World Vision Micro. These funds are now being recycled to support another eager entrepreneur in the same community.