A loan of $1,825 helped a member to buy seeds to plant and cultivate.

Las Morenitas Group's story

Gudelina Ávila Cortes, 51, is married and her husband, Francisco, is a farmworker. They have 2 children in their care. Selene is one of their daughters, and so they are helping her with her education. She is studying for a degree in communication sciences, and their youngest child is in high school.

Gudelina has a business growing and exporting fruit, such as mangoes. Right now she is growing bananas. She transports about 500-600 boxes of fruit that are sent by truck to Mexico City. Meanwhile, after the rainy season, she works growing lemons and papayas. Gudelina has been doing this work for 26 years, and she is satisfied with her success. She will invest this loan in the purchase of twice the number of seeds as her previous crop, so that she can have greater earnings. Her goal is to export to more states of Mexico and become internationally known.

Gudelina is a member of the group "Las Morenitas," (The Brunettes) which includes 4 women. It has this name because all of the women are brunettes. The group includes Rosana, Luz Gabriela, Gudelina, and Noelia, and they work selling: shoes, perfumes, fruit and groceries.

In this group: Rosana, Luz Gabriela, Gudelina, Noelia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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