A loan of $6,075 helped a member purchase ingredients to make sorbets.

Aves De Paraíso Group's story

Florencio is 48 years old and a native of a community called Valle Verde that is full of lush vegetation and where the majority of the inhabitants make a living in commerce. Florencio has worked with VisionFund for less than a year and the loans have helped his business go very well, so he is very content because he can make headway for his family. He belongs to a group called "Aves de Paraíso" ("Birds of Paradise"), which gave itself this name because their meeting place has a thicket of flowers of the same name that aren't very common in the region and are very beautiful. Florencio makes a living making ice creams and sorbets, with flavors like strawberry, coconut, vanilla, lemon, chocolate, apple, cheese, and many others, but these are the ones most requested by his customers, who are mostly children and youths since he sells outside of a elementary and high school in his community. He says that he is requesting the loan to purchase supplies to make his sorbets, such as milk, food dyes, fruits, ice, rock salt, sugar, cones and napkins. He says that he gets up very early to make his sorbets because they need to be ready by the time the children leave school. First he grounds the fruit or adds vanilla to the milk. The trick is with the ice cream. He says that he puts ice and rock salt inside a big pot so it doesn't melt too quickly, and then he puts another metal canister inside with the ingredients and slowly churns it as the ice cream freezes. He says he does this every day so he can take his delicious and rich ice creams to the school. He says that he started this job because he could not find stable work and a friend told him how to make ice cream, so he decided to take up the work. He says, "I enjoy what I do because I already have my customers, and I'm my own boss and have time to be with my family." He has four children who are in elementary and high school, and for this reason he works very hard to provide them with the best and so they don't lack anything in regards to their education. His goal is to purchase a newer moto-tricycle, because the one he has is deteriorating and every time he punctures a tire he has to change it for a new one and pay for it in small payments. The other nine members are Isela, María Remedios, Cirenia, Socorro, Yaquelin, Marcela, María Llasmin, Sandra and Maribel. They invested their loans in ingredients to make tortillas; in the purchase of items for their grocery store; construction materials that they sell; sweets and different savories that they sell; sweets and fritters to sell; seasonal fruit and vegetables; chicken to raise and later sell, etc.

In this group: Isela, Maria Remdios, Cirenia, Socorro, Yaquelin*, Marcela, Maria Llasmin, Sandra, Florencio, Maribel
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein

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