A loan of $1,875 helped a member va a invertir en la compra de chiles, jitomates, cebollas, ejotes, papas, zanahorias, lechugas, aguacate, chayotes, manzanas, melones, papayas, duraznos, naranjas, uvas, etc.

La Virgen Del Carmen Group's story

This group is called “La Virgen del Carmen” and its members decided on this name because they are all devoted to this Virgin. This story is about Blanca Flor since she’s one of the group members. She’s 21 years old, married to Hugo who is a taxi driver, and she has a one-year-old child, Anabel. She’s been a fruit and vegetable merchant for barely three months.

She says that she decided on this business because she wanted to find a way to support her husband with household expenses and insure her little daughter’s future. Also to enjoy better economic solvency and excellent quality of life so this is why she decided to start this activity. The loan she got will be invested in the purchase of chilies, tomatoes, onions, green beans, potatoes, carrots, lettuce, avocadoes, chayotes, apples, melons, papaya, peaches, oranges, grapes, etc. to have her stand better stocked.

Doña Flor (as she’s better known in her community) says that her goal is to cause her business to grow businesswise because she wants to build a locale to install her fruit store in and also to have it well stocked with more variety of products to thus obtain more and better profits.

She thanks FRAC and Kiva lenders for giving her the opportunity and for their trust but above all for believing in her because thanks to their support she was able to invest in her business and have a better quality of life alongside her family and a better future.

The other people who make up the Virgen del Carmen group are the following: Filadelfo, Faustina, Blanca Flor, Marciana and María Concepción who work in a variety of occupations like taxi driver, shoe store, fruit and vegetable sales, flower shop and grocery store.

In this group: Filadelfo, Faustina, Blanca Flor, Marciana, Maria Concepcion

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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