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Valentina is from Mexico. She needs a loan of $250 to buy two sheep.
Valentina raises sheep, as her mother taught her to do. She will use a loan from World Vision to buy more sheep so that her business can improve.
When Valentina's sheep become sick, she often loses them because she does not have enough money to take them to the veterinarian. As her flock increases and she makes a bigger income, she will be able to save up money for sheep medicine.
She is also saving up for the times when her husband, Eugemio, does not have work and the family cannot afford food and other necessities. Valentina is 73 years old, and she and her husband support their sixteen-year-old grandson, Abimael. Valentina's goal is to sell enough sheep to keep paying for Abimael's education.
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 Valentina Cruz Cayetano to expand her farming and livestock business where she raises sheep. After receiving the loan from World Vision, she invested the $250 to buy two sheep.
Valentina has been repaying her loan on time with her new profits. She makes weekly payments of $15. In addition to repaying her loan, Valentina is using the additional income to purchase food for the animals, expand the current business, and purchase more animals for breeding.
Thank you for supporting Valentina and World Vision Micro!
Thank you for supporting the small loan for Valentina Cruz cayetano to improve her farming, and livestock business. She invested her loan of $250 to buy two sheep.
Valentina has now repaid her loan in full. In addition to repaying her loan, Valentina has used her additional income to purchase food for the animals and expand the current business.
The loan Valentina received helped her business expand and the profits she is earning have created lasting improvements in her life. In the future Valentina hopes to expand the current business, take out another loan and purchase livestock.
Thank you for your support of Valentina and World Vision Micro. These funds are now being recycled to support another eager entrepreneur in the same community.