A loan of $5,800 helped a member to buy plants and flower pots to sell.


Uruapan Group's story

This group is called Urupan, and is made up of eight indigenous women from a small community called Santa Rosa, where the majority of the women work growing papayas. One of the members of this group is Hortensia, who is 59 years old and is better known as Dona Tencha, and who has worked selling plants and flower pots for eight years. Dona Tencha says that what she likes best about her business is watering her plants and maintaining them well so that they can develop and above all fertilizing them so that they will not have pests. She says that she started her business by buying rosebushes first, and then with her earnings she bought more plants including anthuriums, gardenias, bromeliads and others. One of the things that is difficult in her business is fumigation, because it is a chemical product and fumigation must be done carefully so as not to damage the plant or breathe in the product which is unhealthy. She says that the most beautiful experience that she has in her work is when she goes to buy new plants, because she gets to know new places and more varieties of plants. She normally travels to the cities of Michoacan, Cuernavaca and Cuatla in other states within the country, but the plants that she likes best are those that she buys in Cuernavaca, Morelos, as they are the most cheerful and brilliant. Dona Tencha is requesting a loan to buy plants and flower pots to sell. The other members of the group are: Denia - who sells food. Julia - sells pharmaceutical medicines. Ana Maria - sells food. Paulina - sells food. Paulina - sells shoes from a catalogue. Delfina - sells shoes from a catalogue. Francisca Graciela - sells shoes from a catalogue. They thank Vision Fund for helping all women workers who want to expand their businesses.

In this group: Denia, Julia, Ana María , Paulina, Paulina , Hortencia , Delfina, Francisca Gaciela
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lorna Gladman


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