A loan of $725 helped to buy insecticides, organic fertilizer, fertilizers, Calidra (brand of hydrated lime powder), and avocado trees.


Amelia's story

Amelia is a 58 year old widow. She had five children, but she lives alone because her children are married.

She says that she is from a place that is rich in nature. The inhabitants safeguard the forests because the loggers cut the trees without permission. She says that in her community the people preserve their roots. They speak and dress “mazahua” (an indigenous people of Mexico), which they are proud of.

Amelia says she started to grow avocadoes over two years ago. She says that, “even though it is a business in the long term, it pleases me to grow this fruit because it is well suited to the climate. The crop is not difficult to take care of, and shortly they will bear fruit in May. God willing, I will have my first harvest even though various little trees started to bear fruit.”

She says that now, as she does not have any income from the avocados, she makes crafts from “ocoshal” (dry leaves that come from a pine tree). She makes things like napkin rings, bread baskets, jewelry cases, fruit dishes, and decorative vases. She takes them to sell at the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary because it is very close to her area.

Amelia is asking for a loan to buy insecticides, organic fertilizer, fertilizers, Calidra (brand of hydrated lime powder), and avocado trees. Amelia’s goal is to continue making her orchard grow. When she starts to have income she wants to put up a new fence so that the animals do not get in and eat her trees.

She says that she is very happy to work with the loan because, thanks to the loan, her business is functioning. She hopes to never let the lenders down because they lent a hand when she needed it most.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish


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