Trinidad is married to Jesús who also sells fruit. The couple have two children: 9-year-old Eduardo who is in elementary school and 18-year-old Mayra who is in high school. Trinidad says that she is requesting a loan so that she can rent an additional orchard which will make her a little more profit so that she can have a little more money saved up for dealing with any emergencies that her daughter or any other members of her family might experience. Trinidad's daughter Mayra has suffered from childhood-onset diabetes since she was 11 years old and she has to be alert because sometimes her blood sugar levels rise. She has to keep control of the situation, both in terms of what she eats and her medication, so that she doesn't fall ill because medicines are very expensive. Trinidad's goal is to own her own orchard. She would like to buy a large plot of land where she can grow a little of all the fruits that grow in her region.
The other five members of this group are Clementina, María Angélica, Clara and Estela. They will invest their loans in buying organic fertilizers and insecticides for their avocado orchards. They will also buy chickens and lambs.
This is a Group Loan
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