A loan of $3,675 helped a member to purchase avocado plants, fertilizers, and compost.

Las Crisalias Group's story

This group is called “Las Crisalias” (The Asters) and is located in the State of Mexico. These clients decided to take this name even though none of them grow these flowers, but they are a main attraction in the community. The group consists of 10 clients. One of the members is Sra. Alberta, who has been growing and selling avocados for more than 25 years. She is 60 years old, single, and the breadwinner of her family. Alberta has three adult children. She says that it was a very difficult situation when her husband abandoned her and she had to take responsibility for her children, two of whom were minors at the time. Even though she decided to contribute more to the household income, she tried to find a more stable source of work. Alberta continued to grow and sells avocados with the help of her oldest son. She sells her product in different parts of the region and is able to provide her family a better quality of life.

This loan will be invested in fertilizers, compost, and plants so that she can continue working alongside her children. Doña Alberta hopes that her sons will become outstanding men who will someday have a better quality of life. Even though she only has an elementary school education, Alberta would like her sons to become professionals.

In this group: Socorro Imelda, Silvia, Alberta, Margarita, Maria Guadalupe, Gabriela, Silvia, Salustia, Maria Jaquelin, Araceli*
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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