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Maria is from Mexico. She needs a loan of $400 to buy three sheep.
Maria has been raising sheep for twenty years, and she knows how to provide for her sheep so that they will grow healthy and strong. With a loan from World Vision, she will buy three more sheep so that her flock will expand.
Maria's husband, Jaime, works as a builder, but during many seasons he is unable to find work. Maria hopes that her profits will become enough to support the family when Jaime is out of a job.
Maria's income pays for the schooling of her children. She has two children in school and one who is not old enough for school yet. Her goal is to make sure that all three of her children finish school and receive a college education so that they will have a better quality of life in the future.
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 Maria Sanchez Contreras to expand her farming and livestock business where she breeds sheep for a living. After receiving the loan from World Vision, she invested the $400 by buying three sheep.
Maria has been repaying her loan on time with her new profits. She makes weekly payments of $50. In addition to repaying her loan, Maria is using additional income to purchase food for the animals and expand the current business. Maria's 3 children continue to study in school.
Thank you for supporting Maria and World Vision Micro!
Thank you for supporting the small business loan for Maria Sanchez Contreras to improve her farming and livestock business. She invested her loan of $400 to buy three sheep.
María appreciates the support that she received througth this loan. Although she faced some difficulties because her husband lost his job, they rallied to pay on time.
Maria has now repaid her loan in full. In addition to repaying her loan, Maria has used her additional income to purchase food for the animals and expand the current business. Maria's 3 children continue to study in school.
The loan Maria received helped her business expand and the profits she is now earning create lasting improvements in her life. In the future, Maria hopes to expand the current business, take out another loan, and purchase livestock.
Thank you for your support of Maria and World Vision Micro! These funds are now being recycled to support another eager entrepreneur in the same community.