A loan of $5,025 helped a member to buy seeds, fertilizers and insecticides to improve her fruits and vegetables, and also to buy an avocado plant.


El Aguacate Group's story

Michoacán is one of the first states worldwide that is dedicated to cultivating avocado fruit. Blanca says that the group has the name (El Aguacate - the avocado) because that is what they grow the most. It is a very delicious fruit. There are quite a few nurseries that are dedicated to planting the seed and that sell that type of plant wholesale.

Blanca is 30 years old and has been dedicated to growing vegetables like radishes, spinach, onions, Manzano chiles, and avocado for the last year, when she started her business. She started it because she didn't make enough from cosmetics and perfume catalog sales, and to help her husband. She began to grow vegetables and sell them in the market.

She says that she began this type of business to take advantage of the wide area that she has, and her husband has knowledge of crops. She began to help, and together, they're improve their family. She has a daughter which is in primary school, and she is eager to giver her the best.

She says that she is asking for the loan to buy seeds, fertilizers and insecticides to improve her fruits and vegetables, and also to buy an avocado plant.

The other members of the group are called Angelina, Emilia, Brenda Guadalupe, Alondra, Juana, Yolanda, María Cristina, Alicia and Verónica. They will invest their credits to buy items to re-stock a grocery store, for seasonal fruits and vegetables, material to make bricks to sell, and to buy catalog cosmetics, clothing and shoes.

In this group: Angelina, Emilia, Brenda Guadalupe, Alondra, Juana, Blanca, Yolanda, Maria Cristina, Alicia*, Verónica
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer SUZANNE FORD


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