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El Fresno De La Soledad Group's story

María Guadalupe Sánchez García.

Maria Guadalupe is a young woman who lives in a small indigenous Mazahuan town named the Soledad de Francisco Serrato in Zitacuaro, State of Michoacan. She decided to join the Fresno credit group because this group was formed with people from her own community which she knew and respected very much. The main investment of the majority of the members in this group is the cultivation of Hass avocado orchards where they want to cultivate new plants and renew or nourish those already established so that they yield more and better quality fruit.

Guadalupe is 19 years old, is a happy girl that in spite of her young age has many dreams and goals. She studied in High School but now does not have the opportunity to continue her studies because of the distance to the school and the expense incurred by her parents of going to an institution of higher learning. It has been several years since she developed an interest in starting a business that would permit her to obtain income.

Her main desire is to start a fast food restaurant in the industrial zone of the city of Zitacuaro. She thinks that this is the right place to undertake her business activity because she has worked there for a year and noticed that the workers in the area look for places to eat nearby because they do not have enough time to go to the center of Zitacuaro or to their homes to eat. She has thought of using the credit to buy a table, a parasol, plates, glasses, a cast iron pan for grilling, raw materials and all that is necessary to begin this fast food business. Guadalupe visualizes a profitable business that offers clean, flavorful and economical food to her diners who will be mainly workers in the manufacturing zone. Additionally, she wants to support her parents economically so that her younger brothers have the option to study and so that her family improves their quality of life.

In this group: Maria Guadalupe, Francisca, Omar, Alonso*, Maria Esther, Felipe, Rogelio
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Machelle Wilson

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