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Los Girasoles Group
In this Group: Graciela, Sofía, Gabriela, Paulina*, Ysabel, Felipa, Sofía, Anita, Verónica, Teresa, Itxe Ivette*, María Guadalupe, Juana, Ma Remedios, Raquel, Mariana
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Anita is 32 years old. When she was a little girl her parents instilled in her a love of the earth and taught her how to work with it. Now, Anita is part of the group called Los Girasoles (in English: Sunflowers), which happen to be one of Anita's favorite flowers. As a young girl, Anita's parents taught her how to work on the land. Later, since she had not found any other steady job, she decided to dedicate herself to farming.

For the last 11 years, Anita has worked growing strawberries because she owns a wide plot of land that she doesn't want to waste. She also works selling milk. Anita has eight milking cows that she wakes up early each day to milk. She sells their milk to various families in her community and in a nearby town.

Anita says that, "Thanks to the loans that I have received from VisionFund, my business has improved, my cows are in better condition, and I have been able to grow more strawberries. Before, my earnings were not enough to sow more and to buy the fertilizers needed to grow them." Now, Anita is requesting a loan in order to improve her strawberry crop and to buy fertilizers to help them grow. She will also buy food, vitamins, and de-wormers for her milk cows in order to produce more milk. Currently, she gets about 250 liters each day because she cannot milk all of the cows at once. She must let them rest so they will produce more milk.

Anita's goal is to increase the number of customers she serves. She would like to have a permanent spot in the market in her community where she could also make and sell cheeses, creams, sweet buns, and other dairy products.

The other 15 members of Los Girasoles are Graciela, Sofía, Gabriela, Paulina, Ysabel, Felipa, Sofía Salguero, Verónica, Teresa, Itxe Ivette, María Guadalupe, Juana, Ma. Remedios, Raquel y Mariana. They will use their portions of the loan to stock a grocery store; to buy clothing and shoes to sell; to buy regional sweets, seasonal fruits and vegetables; to buy materials to make work gloves; for vehicle alterations; to obtain second-hand clothing; to buy perfumes and cosmetics to sell; and to buy chicken to sell by the pound.
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Anita tiene 32 años de edad, desde muy jovencita sus padres le inculcaron el amor por la tierra y el cómo trabajarla, ella es parte del grupo Los Girasoles y dice que le pusieron a su grupo ese nombre porque donde hacen sus reuniones del crédito hay muchas plantas de esa flor y por eso le pusieron ese nombre aparte que dice que es una de sus flores favoritas. Platica que desde muy jovencita sus padres le enseñaron a como trabajar la tierra y también porque no tenía un trabajo seguro y por eso ella se dedico a cultivarla. Platica que desde hace mas de 11 años se dedica al cultivo de fresas ya que tiene un terreno muy amplio y para no desperdiciar el lugar se puso a sembrar, también plática que se dedica a la venta de leche, dice que tiene 8 vacas lecheras las cuales a diario ordeña a muy temprana hora y sale a vender a diferentes casas de su comunidad y de una población cercana, ella dice “gracias a los créditos que me ha hecho VisionFund mi negocio ha mejorado ya que tengo en mejores condiciones mis vacas y he podido sembrar un poco mas de fresa, por que antes no me alcanzaba con lo que me dejaba de ganancias para poder sembrar y comprar los insumos que ocupo para cultivar”. Ella platica que ahorita está pidiendo un crédito para mejorar sus plantíos de fresa y comprar los insumos que se ocupan para su buen crecimiento y también para la compra de alimento, vitaminas, desparacitantes para el buen crecimiento de las vacas lecheras que tiene y así puedan producir un poco mas de leche, dice que al día saca más o menos 250 litros y que no a todas las vacas ordeña para dejarlas descansar y produzcan más leche. Dice que su meta es aclientarse mas aunque a veces tiene pedidos grandes ella quisiera tener un puesto en el mercado de su comunidad donde pueda también hacer y vender quesos, natas, chongos (dulce regional), crema y demás productos lácteos. Las otras quince integrantes del grupo se llaman Graciela, Sofía, Gabriela, Paulina, Ysabel, Felipa, Sofía Salguero, Verónica, Teresa, Itxe Ivette, María Guadalupe, Juana, Ma. Remedios, Raquel y Mariana ellas invertirán sus créditos en artículos para surtir tienda de abarrotes, para ropa y calzado por catalogo para vender, dulces regionales, frutas y legumbres de temporada, para la compra de material para realizar guantes industriales, en refacciones para vehículos, en ropa de segunda mano, en perfumería y cosméticos para su venta y para pollo para venderlo por kilos.

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.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Mexico

  • $15,600
    Average annual income
  • 37
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $19,077,825
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 12.8
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Los Girasoles Group's $6,950 loan helped a member to buy food for her cows and fertilizer to grow strawberries.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Oct 5, 2012
Listed
Oct 17, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Mar 15, 2013