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San Nicolas Group
In this Group: Guadalupe , Leticia, Marquelia , Herminia , Guadalupe
This communal bank is called San Nicolás and it is located in the village of Tlalnepantla, in the State of Morelos, Mexico. It has five female members who all know each other and are neighbors. The members are as follows: Guadalupe Ávila M., who will use her loan to buy organic fertilizer to fertilize her 'nopal' (prickly pear) crop; Leticia L. C., who will buy organic fertilizer to fertilize her prickly pear crop and improve her production; Marquelia R. Díaz, who will buy men's and women's perfume, cosmetics and cosmetic kits in order to stock her business; Herminia R. M., who will buy fruit such as custard apples, loquats and avocados, to stock her business, and Guadalupe R. Ávila, who will buy prickly pear stalks and fertilizer in bulk, in order to start her own production.

Guadalupe Ávila M. is the group's representative. She is 56 years old and studied up to the fifth year of elementary school. She is married and has five children: 1 daughter and 4 sons. Her sons are agricultural workers. Guadalupe's husband sells firewood. He goes out to the countryside and gathers firewood to sell. Guadalupe herself has a plot of land where she grows prickly pears. She has requested this loan to buy manure for her prickly pear crop so that she can produce more. She started this business 5 years ago. Previously, she used to grow corn and beans. She provided her children with some land and they also grow prickly pear cacti.

Guadalupe learned her business as a young child. Her father always used to grow prickly pear cacti and she and her siblings worked with him, weeding, removing the stalks and chopping. They would cover the chopped prickly pear with soil so that it served as fertilizer and they would remove the fleshy pads. These days, they hire a rototiller that chops the plants and removes weeds but it is expensive to hire.

Guadalupe bought the plot of land where she grows her prickly pear crop and her dad left her the house where she is currently living. Her plot of land is in the countryside. She either walks there or takes a taxi which leaves her on the edge of the road and she then walks to her plot of land. Her business is important and special to her because in good seasons, if they pay her well for her produce, she enjoys working on her crop. She feels proud when she receives good money for it. Guadalupe's customers are those who arrive first in their trucks to buy her produce. Those who arrive first and pay the most take the produce. She cuts her prickly pear to sell every week or two weeks.

The challenge that Guadalupe faces in her business is that during periods of cold weather, the cacti do not grow. Her business is very well known because people eat prickly pear every day with their meals and it also has healing effects. Guadalupe faces competition from other people who produce prickly pear but everyone is free to sell their product wherever they most like. Guadalupe re-invests some of the profits that she makes back into her business, investing in buying fertilizer for her next sowing season and she also buys food. Her children help her in the business. Her daughter and husband cut the cacti and her husband also carries the boxes of produce.

Tlalnepantla is a very pretty village. The countryside is very green and covered with prickly pear cacti. You can also see the nearby volcano. The climate is cold and temperate. Guadalupe's business has helped her family financially. When they don't have any money they go and cut some prickly pear to sell and then have enough to cover their food expenses or anything else they might need at home. Guadalupe would like to repair her home, laying floor tiles and painting it so that it looks nicer. Her plans and dreams are to enjoy a better life and to have money so that she can do more things. She would like to have another bedroom for her daughter's children as her daughter is a single mother and has two children. The improvements that Guadalupe would like to make for her children's future is to ensure that they have somewhere to live and for them to be content. She is very happy to be receiving this loan because it will help her a lot with her harvest. It will help her to produce more and she hopes to pay it back properly so that she can access more loans in the future.

The members of this group would like to say to Kiva and Fundación Realidad "We thank you for the loan that you are giving us because it will help us a lot. It will help our businesses and families to grow".
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Este grupo solidario se llama San Nicolás, se encuentra localizado en la comunidad de Tlalnepantla, en el estado de Morelos, México. está conformado por 5 integrantes mujeres que se conocen y son vecinas ellas son la señora Guadalupe Ávila M. va a comprar con su préstamo abono orgánico para fertilizar su producción de nopal, la señora Leticia L. C. va a comprar abono orgánico para fertilizar su nopal para que de mas producción, la señora Marquelia R. Díaz va a comprar perfumes de dama y caballero, cosméticos y compra de kid de cosméticos para surtir su negocio, la señora Herminia R. M. va a comprar frutas, chirimoya, níspero, aguacate para surtirse y vender su producto, la señora Guadalupe R. Ávila va a comprar penca de nopal y abono por bulto para iniciar su propia producción. La señora Guadalupe Ávila M. es la representante del grupo, ella tiene 56 años de edad, estudio hasta el 5º. Año de primaria. Ella es casada tiene 5 hijos 1 mujer y 4 hombres sus hijos son campesinos, su esposo se decida a la venta de leña se va al campo a traer leña para vender. la señora Guadalupe tiene su terreno donde siembra el nopal, ella solicito su préstamo para comprar abono para su siembra de nopal y produzca mas nopales, ella inicio con el negocio hace 5 años, anteriormente sembraba maíz y frijol ya les repartieron a sus hijos terreno ellos también siembran nopal , ella aprendió este negocio desde pequeña su papa siempre se dedico a sembrar nopal y sus hermanos y ella trabajaban en el nopal deshierbándolo, des pencarlo, picarlo con ese nopal picado se tapa con tierra para que sirva como abono, el nopal grueso se le quita, en la actualidad utilizan la renta de motocultor que va picando y quitando la hierba pero es cara la renta, el terreno donde siembra nopal lo compro, su papa le heredo la casa donde está viviendo, su terreno está en el campo llega a su siembra de nopal caminando o en taxi la dejan a bordo de carretera y caminan para el terreno, su negocio es importante y especial porque en temporadas buenas si pagan bien el nopal, su parte favorita es trabajar en el nopal y se siente orgullosa cuando recibe buen dinero del nopal, sus clientes son el que llegue primero a compra su nopal se ponen las camionetas y el que llega primero paga más se lleva el producto cada ocho días o quince día corta el nopal para vender y entrega el producto, los desafíos que enfrenta el negocio es que en tiempo de fríos no crece el nopal, su negocio es muy conocido por que el nopal se come del diario para acompañar a la comida y también es curativo, su negocio enfrenta la competencia de varias personas productoras de nopal pero cada quien es libre de vender su producto donde mejor le convenga, las ganancias del negocio las va volteando, se van invirtiendo en la siembra compra el abono para su nopal y para la comida. Le ayudan en el negocio su hija corta el nopal y su esposo cortan el nopal y saca las cajas de nopal. Tlalnepantla es un pueblo muy bonito porque aquí vivo el paisaje se ve verde se ven las siembras de nopal, se ve el volcán y el cL. es frio y templado. Su negocio ha ayudado a su familia económicamente cuando no tiene dinero van a cortar nopal para vender y ya tiene para los gastos para la comida o alga que falte en la casa. Ella quiere componer su vivienda ponerle loseta y pintarla para que se vea bonita, sus planes y sueños son tener una vida mejor tener dinero para hacer unas cosa más, hacer otro cuarto mas para los hijos de su hija porque es mama soltera y tiene dos hijos, las mejoras que desea para el futuro de sus hijos son dejarlos bien que tengan donde vivir y estén tranquilos, ella está muy contenta con este préstamo por que le va a ayudar mucho a su cosecha de nopal para que produzca mas y espera pagarlo bien para que le vuelvan a prestar. Las integrantes del grupo quieren decirle a Kiva y a Fundación Realidad “Gracias por los préstamo que nos dan ya que nos ayuda mucho a realizar lo que uno piensa y crecer los negocios y las familias.”

Additional Information

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

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About Mexico

  • $15,600
    Average annual income
  • 12
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $18,789,925
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 12.1
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of San Nicolas Group's $1,925 loan helped a member to buy fertilizer for her prickly pear crop.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jan 19, 2011
Listed
Jan 26, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Jul 15, 2011