A loan of $3,775 helped a member to buy watermelons, yam beans, oranges, mandarin organes, cantaloupe and honeydew melons and avocados.


Girasol Group's story

Félix is 35 years old. He is from San Felipe de los Alzati, a place that is rich with natural wealth, with hills full of Sacred Fir trees and where most people work growing poinsettia plants. In this region the land is perfect for growing avocados.

Félix comments that this is the second loan that he has requested with his group, which is called Girasol (“sunflower”). He says that he has been growing and selling seasonal produce for more than 10 years. He says that he “started selling avocados and I saw that the sales were going well, so I decided to expand my business and to stock seasonal fruit. Now with the new loan I will buy watermelons, yam beans, oranges, mandarin oranges, cantaloupe and honeydew melons and avocados”.

He says that he will buy part of the fruit from the central wholesale market Zitacuaro, a nearby town. He will sell the fruit in the open air markets in México state and using the van he owns he will also sell in other towns. He says that his dream is to buy a piece of land where he can establish a stable business and in that way have more time with his family as he has a child in primary school. The other members of the group are called María, Jose and Agustina. They will all invest in seasonal fruit and vegetables to sell at the open air markers in México state.

In this group: María, Jose, Agustina, Félix

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Suzanne Carey


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