A loan of $4,800 helped a member to purchase manure, fertilizers, insecticides and flowerpots to grow poinsettia.

San Alejandro Agricultura Group's story

Braulia is 35 years old and belongs to the San Alejando group, which is the same name as the group's community. Braulia is married and has three children. She is originally from this community, where the economic activity is growing poinsettia and making hand-made crafts. She says that there are a lot of handicrafts and souvenirs because the community is very close to a monarch butterfly sanctuary. Braulia is one of the people who year after year oversee the production of poinsettias to adorn house during Christmastime. She is requesting the loan to purchase manure, fertilizers, insecticides and flowerpots since the production begins right now. She has had this business for the past five years and says that she started it to help her husband with household expenses since all their children are in school. She says that she is proud to work with this kind of flower since people from other countries come to her community to buy them and take them back to their countries, and this fills her with happiness because she sees how important her work is. One of her goals is to set up another nursery where she can produce more flowers, and she is saving this year to purchase materials so she will soon be able to do it. The other members of the group are Veronica, Leticia and Berenice, who also plan to use the loan to grow poinsettias.

In this group: Veronica, Braulia, Leticia, Berenice

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein

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