A loan of $4,525 helped a member to buy supplies for the avocado crop, such as fertilizer and insecticide, and food for the chickens.

Estrellas Group's story

Clementina is a cheerful, hard-working, attentive and very responsible woman. She's 61 years old and comes from a community that is rich in pine and "oyamel" forests, and where the majority of residents work in sheep breeding and avocado cultivation, for which the weather is favorable.

Doña Clemen, which is how she's known, leads a group called Estrellas, made up of very hard-working women. They have gone through a rough time lately because, as Doña Clementina tells, "my niece, who was part of our group, got sick recently and was diagnosed with leukemia. It's really painful to see her suffer, although she's already having chemotherapy, thank goodness. I feel sad to see her this way because she was a very healthy woman with many life projects and suddenly got sick and had to be taken into a hospital in Morelia. We now ask God for her prompt recovery and are helping her to overcome her illness faster."

Clementina makes a living cultivating avocado and breeding sheep and chickens in her house. She says they have a large piece of land and she and her husband put a lot of enthusiasm in it to provide for their only child, who is a teenager and attends his last semester of high-school. She says that they are being able to support him with a lot of effort and that, although she doesn't have money to leave in bequest, she's supporting his studies to help him get ahead in life. He's responding with good grades.

Clemen has a crop with over 80 avocado trees and, during harvest season, she sells them at the supplies' market in buckets so that she makes a bit more money. She's now requesting a loan to buy fertilizer, insecticide and "calidra" to paint her trees to avoid plagues and get the fruit in good condition. She says her dream is to have a big crop and a big henhouse, as she likes animals and plants. The other four members of the group are María Angélica, María Trinidad, Mayra and Refugio, and they will use their loans to buy supplies for the avocado cultivation, as well as sweets and clothes for sale.

In this group: Clementina Maria, Maria Angelica, Maria Trinidad, Mayra, Refugio

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Esther Alcaina

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