A loan of $2,800 helped a member to buy organic fertilizer.

La Nopalera Group's story

The communal bank "La Nopalera" is comprised of three women and two men who live in a community called San Antonio Enchisi. It is a very quiet location known for its nopal (prickly cactus) plantations, from which it gets the name "La Nopalera".

Elias is the group's representative. He tells us that he is 43 years old and married to Teresa. They have been together for 20 years and have five children who are in school. Therefore, Elias works hard because his concerned about his children's well-being. He has been growing "nopals" for 12 years, although the idea for the business came from his wife Teresa. This time he is requesting a loan to buy organic fertilizer called manure. He says he likes to grow "nopales" even though one must be careful when planting them so as not to break the rack, and also in protecting them from the red spider plague, which turns the nopal red and keeps it from producing. Although this may sound a little alarming for us, Elias says that is not the case since he knows what to do to avoid it. Elias' biggest problem is money, since he does not have as much to invest as he would like in his nopal crop. He wants to plant more land and put a structure over his plantation.

Elias' goal is to improve his nopal production and quality. He is grateful for the loan which has allowed him to increase crop volume, so he not only sells normal nopals, but also as a fruit drink, along with tortilla. He is using his profits to pay for his children's education, clothing, food and shoes for the entire family. In general, the entire group is very grateful for the loan, since all the members will be able to buy what they need. Ponciano will buy fertilizer for his nopal crop, Delgadina will buy vegetables to sell, and Francisca will buy fertilizer for her nopal crop.

In this group: Delgadina, Elias, Teresa, Francisca, Ponciano

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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