A loan of $2,825 helped a member to buy supplies for cultivating avocado, like organic fertilisers and insecticides.

El Ayle Group's story

Auscencio is 50 years old and comes from a community whose principal economic activity is the cultivation of poinsettias and avocados, as the soil in the area is ideal for this type of crop. He tells us that for more than 12 years he has grown avocados and says that he started his business because there was a lack of stable work, and working as a day labourer does not pay well. Thanks to a gift of land from his father, he was able to begin planting avocados, and although this is a long-term investment, he is already seeing profits. He says that during the harvest season in May, he will go to sell his fruit by the bucket at the wholesale food market and earn a little more. He is asking for a loan to buy organic fertilisers which won't harm the land.

Auscencio is married to Petra, who works making embroidered napkins, and they have three children - Sandra, 17, who us studying at secondary school; Guadalupe, 6, who unfortunately suffered a hip injury at birth and needs therapy to be able to walk; and Alejandra, who is 3. Auscencio's goal is to buy another plot of land where he can plant more avocados and begin cultivating poinsettias, and also to buy a frame to build a nursery. The other three members of his group are called Iván, Imelda and Julia, who also wish to invest in cultivating avocados and buying supplies to keep their avocado farms in top condition.

In this group: Ivan, Imelda, Ausencio, Ma Julia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanor Brown

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