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Update on Amelia

Amelia is a 58 year old widow. She had five children, but she lives alone because her children are married.

She says that she is from a place that is rich in nature. The inhabitants safeguard the forests because the loggers cut the trees without permission. She says that in her community the people preserve their roots. They speak and dress “mazahua” (an indigenous people of Mexico), which they are proud of.

Amelia says she started to grow avocadoes over two years ago. She says that, “even though it is a business in the long term, it pleases me to grow this fruit because it is well suited to the climate. The crop is not difficult to take care of, and shortly they will bear fruit in May. God willing, I will have my first harvest even though various little trees started to bear fruit.”

She says that now, as she does not have any income from the avocados, she makes crafts from “ocoshal” (dry leaves that come from a pine tree). She makes things like napkin rings, bread baskets, jewelry cases, fruit dishes, and decorative vases. She takes them to sell at the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary because it is very close to her area.

Amelia is asking for a loan to buy insecticides, organic fertilizer, fertilizers, Calidra (brand of hydrated lime powder), and avocado trees. Amelia’s goal is to continue making her orchard grow. When she starts to have income she wants to put up a new fence so that the animals do not get in and eat her trees.

She says that she is very happy to work with the loan because, thanks to the loan, her business is functioning. She hopes to never let the lenders down because they lent a hand when she needed it most.
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Amelia tiene 58 años de edad es viuda y tubo 5 hijos pero ella vive sola ya que ellos están casados. Platica que es originaria de una localidad muy rica en naturaleza ya que las personas de su localidad resguardan los bosques debido a que hay talamontes que cortan los arboles sin permiso. Dice que en su comunidad la gente preserva sus raíces ya que hablan y visten el mazahua lo cual es un orgullo para ella. Doña Amelia dice que desde hace mas de 2 años empezó a cultivar aguacate ella comenta “aunque es un negocio a largo plazo me agrada cultivar este fruto por que se presta a las condiciones del clima de mi localidad y no es muy difícil de cuidar ya falta poco para que se den los frutos en el mes de mayo si Dios quiere voy a tener mi primera cosecha aunque ya varios de los arbolitos empezaron a dar fruto”. Dice que ahorita como no tiene ganancias de los aguacates se dedica hacer artesanía de ocoshal como son servilleteros, paneras, tortilleros, alhajeros, fruteros, jarrones para decoración y los saca a vender al santuario de la mariposa monarca ya que muy cerca de su localidad se encuentra. Amelia esta pidiendo un crédito para comprar insecticidas, abono orgánico, fertilizantes, calidra y arboles de aguacate. La meta de doña Amelia es seguir haciendo crecer su huerto y cuando empiece a tener ganancias quiere poner la cerca nueva para que los animales no se le metan a comer sus arboles. Dice que ella esta muy contenta con trabajar con la financiera por que gracias a esta su negocio si esta funcionando y espera nunca defraudarla ya que le tendieron la mano cuando mas lo necesitaba.

Previous Loan Details

Amelia, 58, is a hard-working, enterprising woman. She is from a place which still has very strong roots and the people still speak and dress in the Mazahua tradition. Her main activity is selling Ocoshal crafts which are made from shrub pine wood. Doña Amelia is a widow with five children, bu... More from Amelia's previous loan »

Additional Information

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About Mexico

  • $15,600
    Average annual income
  • 60
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $20,015,475
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 14.0
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $725 helped Amelia to buy insecticides, organic fertilizer, fertilizers, Calidra (brand of hydrated lime powder), and avocado trees.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 21, 2011
Dec 29, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 15, 2012