Los Girasoles Group
Update on Los Girasoles GroupIn the state of Michoacán, there is a much-visited hydroelectric dam and reservoir where people fish, camp, and enjoy other recreational activities organized by the city, especially during the Easter week vacation. Sofía is proud to be from this beautiful area. She is happy to be a member of the communal bank Los Girasoles (The Sunflowers) because whenever their is a disagreement or problem, everyone works together to move ahead. She lives with her husband and has a stand in her house where she sells regional candies that she makes herself from guayaba and quince meat, milk, pumpkin preserve, figs, peaches, caramel, and tamarind pulp. She learned to make the candies at a workshop presented by the mayor's office and designed to raise living standards.
She has been making candies for 20 years. She also sells women's clothing to neighbors, offering payment terms that they can afford. She sells her candies to various handicraft merchants who have stands in the Zitácuaro market; she provides them with a sweets selection. Sofía is applying for a loan to buy ingredients to make more candies for the Easter holidays in March, when sales are high because many tourists are in town.
She thanks VisionFund for its support, as the loans have helped her slowly build her business. The other 13 members of the group are Graciela, Gabriela, Paulina, Felipa, Sofía S., Verónica, Teresa, Itxe, María Guadalupe, Juana, Ma. Remedios, Raquel, and Ofelia. They will use the loan to stock a grocery store with non-perishable items, to buy chicken by the kilo to sell, to buy spare parts, to buy clothing for inventory, to buy catalog merchandise to sell, and to buy stationery items.
Previous Loan DetailsAnita 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 parent... More from Los Girasoles Group's previous loan »
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