A loan of $850 helped to purchase supplies for farming avocados.

Marcelina's story

Señora Marcelina is a native of the town called Donaciano Ojeda in Michoacán. It is a place full of nature where the"mazahua" language still predominates. She is 43 years old. She never went to school because her parents never sent her and because back then the girls didn't study. Their parents said "girls only need to learn the household chores so that when they are married, they will be prepared to take care of their homes." Back then, the men were chauvinist. Doña Marcelina is requesting a loan from Fundación Realidad to invest in her avocado orchard; she plans to purchase more avocado plants and organic fertilizer to nourish the soil and not harm the earth. She also earns a living making "ocoshal" (pine needle) handicrafts, which she sells in the neighborhoods that border her town. Señora Marcelina has been tending her orchard for approximately 5 years, and she has been making her "ocoshal" handicrafts for 4 years. She says that when it is harvest time, she goes out to sell her fruits to a customer who is from Zitacuaro. She also sells in the wholesale food market of the same town. Sometimes she sells by the bucket, but she says that she earns more if she sells by the bag. Doña Marcelina is married to Señor Pablo, who is a day laborer. They had 5 children, but only two live with them. The loan will benefit them because thanks to the the loan they will be able to give their children a better quality of life, to improve their avocado orchard, and to make more handicrafts for wholesale. Señora Marcelina's goal for selling avocados is to continue making herself known in other states so people will be familiar with the fruit from her locality. She says that with the earnings from the avocado sales and the "ocoshal" handicrafts, she will continue investing in her handicrafts and in her children's education.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marni Siegal

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