A loan of $5,050 helped a member to make wooden boxes for fruit.


Aves Del Paraiso Group's story

Cirenia is 70 years old and is a member of a group called “Aves del Paraíso” (birds of paradise). She says they named the group this for the flowers that grow where they have their meetings. She makes a living buying wood and making boxes for fruit which she sells to other communities where they sell guavas, mameyas (a type of fruit) and papayas, which are the most exploited crops in the region. One of her children helps her make the boxes to sell, since he has a small carpenter’s workshop where he makes the boxes. She is requesting the loan in order to buy the material (wood, cloves and glue) to build the boxes, and also to pay for freight. She makes about 400 to 500 boxes weekly, depending on how many are purchased. She says that thanks to the loan she will be able to improve her business since she will have what she needs to make her boxes, as it is her main source of income and also this way she can provide jobs for a lot of people. Cirenia’s goal is to increase her business and to buy a little more material so that she can make more boxes for fruit. The other nine members are Isela, María Remedios, Socorro, Yaquelin, Marcela, Eva, María Llasmin, Sandra y Florencio. They invested their loans in ingredients to make tortillas; in the purchase of items for their grocery store; construction materials that they sell; sweets and different savories that they sell; sweets and fritters to sell; seasonal fruit and vegetables; chicken to raise and later sell, etc.

In this group: Isela, Maria Remdios, Cirenia, Socorro, Yaquelin, Marcela, Eva, Maria Llasmin, Sandra, Florencio
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emily Wong


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