A loan of $3,875 helped a member to buy guava, peaches, lettuce, green chilis, tomatoes, avocados, mangos, mandarins, oranges, etc.

Girasol Group's story

María is 33 years old and a member of the 'Girasol' (Sunflower) group. She says that they gave the group this name because where their group meets there are a lot of sunflowers.

Mary, as her friends call her, has a stall where she sells fruit and vegetables. She says that she sells her fruit in different markets in the region and also in the State of Mexico where she has a stable sales location and where her husband helps her out. She stocks up with fruit in the wholesale food market in a nearby town. She would like to request a loan from our institution to buy guava, peaches, lettuce, green chilis, tomatoes, avocados, mandarins, oranges, etc. She says that she needs this loan as she doesn't have enough stock for her business and she would like to have a lot of fruit so that she can make good profits. She says that she will also use part of her loan to buy organic fertilizers and insecticides as she has 60 avocado trees and she would like to keep them in good health because the harsh frosts that have hit her community affected her, burning her trees. She would like to feed them so that she doesn't lose them completely. Mary says that one of her goals is to continue stocking her fruit and veg stall and grow her orchard as it is an inheritance that she can leave her children.

The other members of this group are called José, Jorge Luis and Agustina. They will use their loan to buy fruit and vegetables.

In this group: María, Jose, Jorge Luis, Agustina

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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