A loan of $2,925 helped a member to buy natural and chemical fertilizers.

Progresando Para El Futuro Group's story

This group is called “Progresando para el Futuro” (Making Progress for the Future). They selected this name because, thanks to the loans they have had, they are making progress for a better future for their families . The group is located in the state of Mexico. It is comprised of nine members.

María De Lourdes Gonzales D. L. is a member of the group. She is 37 years old, and she only has an elementary school education. She grows flowers, and she has three children (one girl and two boys). She started growing gerbera (a flower from the sunflower family) two years ago.

She is requesting a loan to buy plants and fertilizers for her next crop. Her customers say that Lourdes has a different variety than the other people who grow gerbera. That is why they prefer the flowers that Lourdes grows. She started as a hard worker, and she accordingly was gaining knowledge. She decided to start her crop. Thanks to the loans, she was successful.

As she is requesting this loan she feels very happy, and she is very encouraged to keep making progress. She wants this loan to start the crop that she will harvest for Valentine’s Day in February. She hopes that one day she will have the opportunity to travel to other countries to learn about their flowers. That way she will continue to make progress in order to give her children a better education.

In this group: Josefina, Ma De Lourdes, Maria Guadalupe, Maria Del Lucero, Marcela, Maria Esperanza, Ma Josefa, Teresa, Ana Maria

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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