A loan of $4,475 helped a member to stock up on items for his grocery store and for supplies for cultivating avocado.

El Fresno De La Soledad Group's story

Don Juan is 61 and married to Señora Angelina. Living with them are one daughter who studying nursing in college and two grandchildren. They help one of their daughters to support her children. Juan belongs to a group called El Fresno de la Soledad [The Ash Tree of La Soledad]. He says that they chose this name because there was an ash tree near their meeting place, and because their community is called La Soledad, and they decided to join the names together to name their group so that it would be easier to remember. He says that he has had a small grocery store for eight years, and that he opened it so that he could better help his family and his household. He also cultivates avocado and corn, which he sells at a supply center in a nearby village. He says that he sells his products twice a week to various other stores. He tells us that he opened his store in order to improve his household income and because there are no well-stocked stores like his in the area. He tries to have all the basic staples in his store for sale. He says that he is now requesting a loan for the purchase of eggs, even though the price of eggs has gone up quite a bit, because it is his most popular product. He will also buy sugar, soap, milk, bleach, salt, oil, cornmeal, rice, beans, chilli, mayonnaise, ham, sausage, bread, toilet paper, feminine products, etc. He wants to improve his store because he cannot afford to lose customers. His store is the best store in the community. He says that he also wants to buy some fertilizer and insecticides in order to improve his avocado trees, since he has to keep them very well-protected against the strong frost that is coming. He also needs to buy good fertilizers that won't burn the plants.
The other five group members are called Francisca, Omar, Rogelio, Felipe and Luis Antonio. They will invest their loans in the planting of avocado, in fertilizer, in seasonal fruits and vegetables, and in other supplies for growing avocados for sale.

In this group: Francisca, Omar, Rogelio, Felipe, Juan, Luis Antonio*
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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