A loan of $2,525 helped a member buy organic manure, insecticides and fertilizers.

Los Aguacates De Donaciano Group's story

Minerva is 30 years old and is a part of the Avocadoes of Donaciano she says they named the communal bank that way because the biggest source of work in the area is growing avocadoes. She is originally from an area called Donaciano Ojeda where they still dress and speak the Mazahua language. Mrs. Minerva has mades and sold artisanal goods in ocoshal (woven pine fibers collected from the forest) for some 10 years. She also has an avocado orchard which has some 150 trees. Mrs. Minerva is married to Mr. Jorge and they have 4 children, the oldest is Alicia, she is 13 and in high school, Jorge is 10 and in primary school, Yareli is 4 years old and the youngest is 1 year old. She says that when it is harvest season the buyers go to her neighborhood to buy by the ton and when she doesn’t have many sales she goes to the local central market called Zitacuaro where she sells the avocadoes by the basket and earns a bit more. Mrs. Minerva needs the loan to buy merchandize to make sure she has a good harvest and to buy organic manure, insecticides and fertilizers to have more quality fruit. She says that thanks to the loan she will improve her orchard’s condition since it is her main source of income and gets the best earnings for her children’s education.

The other 4 members of this communal bank are Josefina, Delfina, Simona and Olivia. They need the loan to buy manure, fertilizers for the avocado crops and materials to make the ocoshal artisanal pieces.

In this group: Josefina, Delfina, Minerva, Simona, Olivia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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