A loan of $1,850 helped a member working capital for multiple businesses.

Flor De Aleli Group's story

This group is called Flor de Aleli. It's located in Hueyapan in the Mexican state of Morelos. The group has 5 members, all neighbors who have long known one another. This is the group's first Fundacion Realidad loan.
Sra. Aurelia P. A., a member of the group, is 56 years old. She has 2 children: a son, Orlando, 30, and a daughter, Maria Isabel, 22. Sra. Aurelia owns a grocery store and sells wholesale supplies of fruits, avocados and nuts. She is applying for a loan to buy cooking oil, soap, toilet paper, salt, sugar, eggs, cold drinks, different kinds of chiles and sweets that she will resell in her store. She started the business 15 years ago because she needed the income from it to live after her husband died. He left her a small farm planted with avocado trees. Her son helped her with the farm work, fertilizing the fields. She goes to the Yecaplixtla market on Tuesdays and Fridays to sell bulk supplies of avocadoes and nuts. She sells in Ozumba, as well. Sra. Aurelia's daughter helps her with the housework and tends the store when she is away. The business is in her house in the San Bartolo neighborhood of Hueyapan. The store is called Lucero. Sra. Aurelia has a truck in which she carries her goods to market, but it's in poor condition and needs new tires. She has had to rent a truck recently which has been a drain on her income. She would like to sell her goods in Ozumba because she can make more money there at a time when the store is barely getting by. The earnings from the store go to paying the family's everyday expenses. Earnings from the wholesale business are reinvested: buying nut trees; harvesting the nuts; packing them; buying fertilizer for the fields and the avocado trees; and using a tractor to prepare the land for new plantings. Sra. Aurelia's hopes for the future are to reach a ripe old age, in good health and still able to work, and that her children be well and happy. She is pleased to get the loan and she will use it to buy more things for her business. There are many kinds of trees in San Bartolo--pines, flowered trees, pear, peach, tejocotes, apple, etc. The climate is cold.
The members of the group are Sra. Marcela R. F., who will buy fruits and vegetables to resell; Sra. Dominga Sandoval F. who will supplies to make Mexican antojitos for her prepared food business; Sra. Maria Isabel B. B. who will buy women's clothing to resell; Sra. Francisca B. Cortes who will buy chemical and organic fertilizers for her farming business; and Sra. Aurelia P. A. who will buy stock for her grocery business and supplies for her wholesale fruit and nut business.
To Kiva and Fundacion Realidad, the members say "We are very grateful that you have trusted us and we will fulfill the terms of the loan so that you will continue to loan to us. We thank you because you don't know us and you support us anyway".

In this group: Marcela, Dominga, Maria Isabel, Francisca, Aurelia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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