Total loan: $4,200

Ojo De Agua Group

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A loan helped to buy seasonal fruit and vegetables to sell at his market stall.

Ojo De Agua Group's story

Miguel is hard-working and responsible. He tells us that from a very young age he found a liking for business as, as a child, he used to help his mother in her business selling seasonal fruits. He is part of a group called "Ojo de agua" (natural pool in English) as where the group meets and collects its loans, there is a natural pool that supplies water to the community. Miguel is married to Heliodora and they have two children. One is taking preparatory courses for university while the younger is at secondary school. Miguel says that he has had his fruit and vegetable business for 22 years as, when he married, his mother helped him to set up his own stall, so that he could look after his family. Miguel buys his seasonal fruit and vegetables in the town's central market. He has to go very early in order pick the best and freshest fruit, so that it is not bruised, and so he can sell it for a better price. He goes out to sell his fruit in different markets in the state and he says he likes his a lot as he has afternoon free to look after his children and family. He says he is applying for a loan with Vision Fund because he wants to stock up his stall as the high season for selling is coming. Easter week is when fruits such as oranges, mandarins, watermelon, melons and pineapple sell best. He also grows avocados, which are ready in both February and June. He also says that part of the loan will be used to buy supplies for growing avocados and hot chili peppers. The other three members of the group are Maribel, Felisa and Juan. The will invest their loans in their businesses that do catalog sales of perfumes and cosmetics and selling fruits and vegetables.