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A loan of $1,550 helped a member to buy fertilizer and manure.

El Mirador Group's story

“El Mirador” (The Lookout) is the name of this group of hardworking, cheerful men and women each with their own economic activity. They decided to name their group thus to more quickly identify the community they’re from since it’s called “El Mirador.” The main economic activity is growing sugarcane and collecting rubber.

Cleto, 55, is one of the group members. He only completed primary school and he’s married to Martha. He currently lives only with his wife since his children are all married. When he was little there weren’t too many schools in his community and only elementary school classes were available. If one wanted to continue going to school one had to leave and go to other towns and this was very costly so he had to learn how to work in the fields. With his work and effort he was able to buy his own parcel of land a little over 15 years ago and he currently works his land growing sugarcane. Even though sugarcane is only harvested once a year it produces good profits he’s used to support his family the last few years.

With a Vision Fund loan, Cleto will be able to buy manure and fertilizer. He said: “Working in the fields is hard but very rewarding when you see that your crop is big and ready for cutting even more so knowing that my sugarcane will be processed to become the sugar we all consume daily.” He hopes that with this new investment his sugarcane will grow bigger and stronger so that it will produce good profits and his family will have no unmet needs.

The other group members are:

Reyna - sells groceries,
Brigida - collects rubber,
Marcelino - grows sugarcane,
Javier - grows sugarcane, and
Demetria - grows sugarcane.

In this group: Reyna , Cleto , Brigida , Marcelino , Javier , Demetria

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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