A loan of $4,850 helped a member to buy paper, fertilizer and pay to ship the flowers.

Las Albercas Group's story

Doña Margarita is 54 years old and is a native of San Felipe de los Alzati, a town whose principal economy is the cultivation of poinsettias, which is a strong crop for producers during these months, because they are looking for buyers in Mexico at the national level and to other countries for their sales. Margarita is one of those producers who, year after year, makes Christmas look beautiful with spectacular poinsettias of different sizes, colors and varieties. She says, “I am proud to belong to this bountiful land; it is lovely to work with the flower that is most requested in December because it represents the birth of baby Jesus.”

She has been growing poinsettias for more than 10 years and, although sales have dropped drastically because so many people in the region also cultivate the flowers, she continues working because it is still a good business, although she invests too much time and capital in it. Right now she is requesting a loan to purchase fertilizer and paint for the greenhouses so the flowers will not mature too quickly and will be in good condition. She also will buy decorative paper because the big sales will begin in less than a month. She says that buyers from all over the country and abroad are coming because about 20 minutes away from her town there is a Monarch butterfly sanctuary and in December, the butterflies arrive.

Margarita says she grows different varieties of poinsettias such as the Japanese, Chinese, Marbel, Marbel Star, etc. She says that her goal is to buy a van to use to transport her flowers and sell them in other states of the country so she will not have to pay freight because it is a bit expensive.

The four other members of the group are Diana, Erika, Maria Teresa and Florinda. They will also invest their loans to buy supplies for their nursery beds of poinsettias.

In this group: Diana, Margarita, Erika, Maria Teresa, Florinda

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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