A loan of $4,125 helped a member to rent land which has avocados, peaches and guava growing on it.

Estrellas Group's story

Trinidad is 41 years old and is a member of the 'Las Estrellas' community bank. For seven years she has been renting avocado and peach orchards whose fruit she picks and then sells in the local wholesale food market by the bucket. She says that she really enjoys her work because it leaves her time to care for her children as she goes out very early in the morning to sell her fruit and in the afternoon she is free to do her housework.

Trinidad is married to Jesús who also sells fruit. The couple have two children: 9-year-old Eduardo who is in elementary school and 18-year-old Mayra who is in high school. Trinidad says that she is requesting a loan so that she can rent an additional orchard which will make her a little more profit so that she can have a little more money saved up for dealing with any emergencies that her daughter or any other members of her family might experience. Trinidad's daughter Mayra has suffered from childhood-onset diabetes since she was 11 years old and she has to be alert because sometimes her blood sugar levels rise. She has to keep control of the situation, both in terms of what she eats and her medication, so that she doesn't fall ill because medicines are very expensive. Trinidad's goal is to own her own orchard. She would like to buy a large plot of land where she can grow a little of all the fruits that grow in her region.

The other five members of this group are Clementina, María Angélica, Clara and Estela. They will invest their loans in buying organic fertilizers and insecticides for their avocado orchards. They will also buy chickens and lambs.

In this group: Clementina Maria, Maria Angelica, Clara, Estela, Maria Trinidad

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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