Total loan: $2,700

Las Peras Group

Zitacuaro, Estado de Michoacán., Mich., Mexico / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy fertilizer, insecticide, Calidra and organic manure for her avocado orchard.

Las Peras Group's story

Emma, 38, is from a place called San Felipe de los Alzati where most of the residents work growing poinsettias and avocadoes since the soil is very fertile for this type of crops. She’s had an avocado orchard for more than 15 years and she says that between her and her husband they’ve moved the orchard ahead in order to have better quality of life. She relates that when it’s harvest time she heads out to the wholesale foodstuffs market very early to sell and sometimes she sells them in the market in a town nearby; she sells them by the little bagful. She’s asking for a loan now to buy organic manure, fertilizer, Calidra [brand of hydrated lime powder] and insecticide because due to the strong wind that’s buffeted her community an infestation of little spiders has attached that don’t let the fruit develop well and this is why the loan is urgently needed to eliminate this type of infestation. She says that thanks to the loan she’ll be able to keep her orchard in good condition and with profits obtained she says she’ll save up so that in October and November she will buy poinsettias to resell in the state of México. The other three group members are called María Verónica, María Angélica and Graciela. They will invest in ingredients to make Mexican fast food snacks, in seasonal fruit and vegetables and in plastic dinnerware to sell.