A loan of $4,000 helped a member to buy fertilizers and calidra (to prevent plagues) for cultivating avocado crops.


La Lupita Group's story

Teresa, affectionately known as "Doña Tere," is native to a community located within the boundaries of the state of Michoacán in Mexico State. She is a hard worker and wants to get ahead in life. She is 44 years old. Her parents didn't send her to school because people thought at the time that women had to take care of the children and domestic chores.

Teresa likes staying at home but she also thought that she would like to make her own money in order to help her spouse with the expenses for the children and house. For this reason, she decided to grow avocados. They own a broad plot of land and decided to plant avocados to put the land to use. Teresa says: "A little more than 15 years ago I bought avocado plants with the hope that one day they would yield a crop. Now I am one of the women in my community selling the most avocados, given that I have 150 trees of this fruit. I am very proud that my husband and I together have made many gains in getting ahead with our garden. Each year tons of buyers come to our town because we sell very high quality fruit."

Teresa is requesting a loan to buy fertilizers, organic fertilizers and calidra (to prevent plagues) in order to improve her trees. She is grateful that with the loan she can improve her business. The other members of her group include Antolina, Maria Santa, Maria del Carmen, Maria Elena, Gilberta and Teresa. They will invest loan proceeds in buying fertilizers, insecticides, and calidra to improve their avocado orchards and plant more of the same.

In this group: Antolina, Maria Santa, Maria Del Carmen, Maria Elena, Teresa, Gilberta, Maria Teresa
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kara Gibson


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