Grupo Florencio Group
Fathers are usually those who migrate to Mexico City to look for a better source of work while, at home, housewives care for their children and for their home. However, some women also decide to help with the household expenses and the children’s education. A big part of the population makes a living raising and fattening animals as well as growing corn.
Mariano is a 65-year-old man, he is very cheerful, hardworking, and above all he is proud of his roots. He has been married to Petra for 19 years. Together, they have formed a family of 12 children, none of whom depend on the couple.
He says that, in his community, it was previously very easy to breed animals. Also, his father has always instilled in him to work very hard to cover his household expenses. This is why he decided to start breeding and fattening animals; initially, it was only calves. For some time, they worked very well without any difficulties; and at the time, it was a very good business. But at some point, he had a bad streak because all his calves died, and he was discouraged.
He decided to start breeding and fattening pigs. He, now, buys them small, grows, fattens and sells them. He says that he purchases them from small for four months and he works on growing them, fattening them to later sell them. Mariano comments cheerfully, “although they are very expensive when they are small, and the food is very expensive, the loan will help me purchase more piglets and food.”
Apparently, this is his only challenge, but he is confident that with the loan he will be able to grow his business without any difficulty. His only goal is to be able to grow his business to continue settling the household expenses.
The members of the group are: Sofia and Margaret who will invest in clothing, Martin in piglets, and Amalia y Abel in sheep.
* The photograph was taken on the steps of the kiosk.
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