A loan of $1,725 helped a member to rent an avocado orchard to supply his sales at street markets.

El Hortelano Group's story

Epifanio is thirty-one years old and is part of a new group called El Hortelano. He says that the group named themselves this because this is what they call their community (it is not the real name of the neighborhood). He says that he has worked in the buying and selling of avocados and seasonal fruits for a little over four years.

He began this business because he did not have a stable job. Since he did not study beyond primary school due to scarce economic resources, it is difficult for him to find a good job. He says that various family members make a living in cultivating avocados. He rents them the orchards to cut the avocado. Then, they carry the fruit to sell in a Mexican state where they get a better price.

He is asking for a loan to rent an orchard. The harvest for this fruit already began in the month of December, and he has to put capital together to pay for the rent and then go to sell. He says that when it is not avocado season, he goes to the wholesale supply center in Zitacuaro to buy tomatoes, manzano chile peppers, onions, pineapple, papaya, strawberries, cherries, blackberries, and more. He says that he has a small pick-up truck he uses to transport his fruit to areas where he can sell for more than at the street markets.

He says that his goal is to buy land where he can cultivate his own avocados and have a better future.

The other four members of the group are Felipe, Ana Lilia, Guadalupe, and Roberto. They will invest their credit in ingredients to make traditional Mexican dishes, for the purchase of Christmas Eve flowers to sell, to buy material to make thick walls to sell, and to buy seasonal fruits and vegetables to sell.

In this group: Felipe, Ana Lilia, Guadalupe, Epifanio, Roberto
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christina Mellace

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