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Alcatraz Group
In this Group: Juan , Cecilia , Virginia , Guillermo
This is the first time the “Alcatraz” group is requesting a loan from the institution. They are very committed to do well. It’s a group of four people each with a different productive activity and this is why they are requesting a loan to invest in their respective activities. For example, Juan will invest in his raspberry nursery, Guillermo and Cecilia in a grocery store and Virginia in a nixtamal [corn for making tortillas and tamales, etc.] mill. They chose this name because Alcatraz means abundance.

Juan is the group representative, he is 28-years-old, unmarried and has always lived in the community. For the moment, he’s living with his parents and Juan has a raspberry nursery. He got the nursery thanks to support he received from the father of his girlfriend. Juan commented: “I didn’t know anything about raspberries but we received some training where I learned how to plant them and how to make them grow and obtain a good harvest." Juan has been doing this activity for 8 months now and the only difficulty is the lack of resources to enlarge his business. He is requesting the loan to buy tubes, raspberry plants and the rubber. Juan is motivated most from seeing the amount of harvest he got during the last six months because the raspberry harvests are exported to the United States. Juan says, "Although I do well in my business I’d like to make it bigger to improve my quality of life and to make some home improvements, among others." Juan is very grateful to the institution FRAC because thanks to the loan he will be able to buy what he needs.
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El grupo Alcatraz es la primera vez que esta solicitando un crédito a la institución, están muy comprometidos en no quedar mal, es un grupo conformado por cuatro personas los cuales todos tiene una diferente actividad productiva y es por eso que están solicitando un crédito para invertir en sus actividades como por ejemplo Juan invertirá en su invernadero de frambuesas, Guillermo y Cecilia en una tienda de abarrotes y Virginia en un molino de nixtamal. El nombre del grupo lo eligieron porque Alcatraz significa abundancia.

Juan es el representante del grupo, tiene 28 años de edad, es soltero, siempre ha vivido en comunidad y por el momento se encuentra viviendo con sus padres. Juan tiene un invernadero de frambuesas, platica que obtuvo su invernadero gracias un apoyo por parte del papá de su novia “Yo no sabia nada acerca de frambuesas pero recibimos una capacitación donde aprendí a plantarlas y como hacer que crezcan pare obtener una buena cosecha". Juan tiene 8 meses de experiencia en esta actividad. Lamentablemente, no cuenta con los recursos suficientes para hacer crecer su negocio, es por eso que solicita un crédito. Con el apoyo de VisionFund México, comprará tubos, plantas de frambuesas y hule. Para Juan es emocionante ver la cantidad de cosecha que obtuvo en los 6 meses pasados, especialmente porque la cosecha de frambuesa es exportada a los Estados Unidos "aunque me va muy bien con mi negocio, sí me gustaría hacerlo mas grande para poder mejorar mi calidad de vida y mi vivienda". Juan está muy agradecido con la institución ya que gracias al crédito podrá comprar el material que le hace falta para su huerto.

Additional Information

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Mexico

  • $15,600
    Average annual income
  • 48
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $22,523,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 12.8
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Alcatraz Group's $475 loan helped a member to buy rubber, raspberry plants and iron.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 26, 2012
Oct 18, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 19, 2013