Total loan: $1,775

Los Anturios Group

Las Limas; Tezonapa Veracruz, , Mexico / Food

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A loan helped buy 30 chickens, rice, chilies and disposable plates (thermal).

Los Anturios Group's story

Los Anturios is the name of the group located in a community that has a fresh climate where cane sugar, rubber trees, coffee and oranges are cultivated. It's surprising to see how many oranges in this area don't sell because almost all families have up to five orange trees.

The name of this group comes from the fact that the number of anturios (plants) of different colors in the house of one of the group's members.

Rafael – Tortillas

Isabel – Hardware

Elia – American clothing

Alma – Roasted chicken, refreshments

Policarpo – Bread

Irma – Sewing service

Guillermo – Bread

Alma is a hard-working woman, who is married to Tomas and they have nine grandchildren of whom two live with them. For a few years, Alma has been selling chicken meat, roasted chicken and refreshments. To prepare the roasted chicken, Alma wakes up at 5:00am as her clients come to buy from her at 7:00am on the dot. "I decided to sell roasted chicken when I hosted a party, where it was served as the main course. The guests told me that I should sell chicken, at least on the weekends."

Christmas dinner and New Year's are key dates for Alma, who has orders for 30 roasted chickens with rice, salsa and salad. For this, she has requested a loan from VisionFund to invest in 30 chickens, rice, chilies and disposable plates (thermal) so she can fulfill her orders properly and on time.

She visualizes a restaurant where she not only sells roasted chicken, but also different sauces, like chipotle, adobo (chile, vinegar, herbs and spices) and cream. Alma thinks that with her income, her efforts and the support of other loans, in one year she may be able to make her dream come true.

"Thank you to the people who help us with a loan so we can invest in the merchandise we need for our activities!"

*The photograph was taken at the home of Elia. In the photo you can observe the anturio (plant). Alma is dressed in a dark brown shirt and a beige vest.