A loan helped a member to purchase wholesale seasonal fruits and vegetables and use the earnings to send her children to school.

La Primavera Group's story

Mary is a 37-year old woman. She lives with her partner and two children who are 1- and 12-years old respectively. Her business is selling fruits and vegetables. Mary lets her presence be known at all times, when things are going badly and in happy times, by painting a smile on her face even through she may be crying on the inside. She runs her business in the town of ‘El Torno,’ a rural area that collects agricultural produce and distributes it to the popular city markets.

Mary is like a princess, with tanned skin, a long, black mane of hair, fragile and delicate. In the above photo, she is second from the left and wearing a white, flowered, v-neck shirt and carrying a black purse. Mary's native tongue is like a love song her mother would sing to her at bedtime. According to tradition, she only speaks it with her Guaraní family.

Mary lives with her partner, who works as a builder, and her children, who go to school. The youngest is still nursing. They live in their own wood-constructed home that has a cement floor, potable water, electricity and is connected to a sewage system.

Mary's desire to improve her earnings lead her to form communal bank. The other members' businesses are: leather handicrafts, food sales, agriculture, natural health products sales, weaving straw hats, fruit sales, Christian movie sales, and laundry services. Mary's business is selling vegetables.

Mary purchases the vegetables wholesale and sells them retail. The vegetables in season right now are onions, garlic, tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, chard, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, peppers, squash, eggplant and fruits, like loquats, bananas, oranges, tangerines, limes and grapefruit. She says, “I buy directly from the producers. They give me their produce, and I sell it at the best price." Mary's business is successful because she sells seasonal fruits and vegetables. An advantage her business has is that all her merchandise is fresh and lasts longer before spoiling. A disadvantage is that she doesn't have the capital she needs for wholesale purchases.

Mary's dream is for her children to go to school. She wants to buy wholesale seasonal fruits and vegetables. This is her first lending cycle with the institution in the seven years that she has been in business.

These are the reasons that Mary is requesting a loan- so she can purchase wholesale, seasonal fruits and vegetables and use the earnings to send her children to school.

In this group: Mary Luz, Olga, Luisa, Raquel, Cecilia Jimen, Katerin Yaneth, Yovany, Tina, Elida

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marni Siegal.

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