A loan of $4,225 helped a member to buy avocado trees, pesticides, lime, fertilizers, etc.

El Ayle Group's story

Iván comes from an indigenous community in which the majority of people make a living growing Poinsettia flowers, which they sell throughout the country because it is a high-quality flower. Iván is a member of the El Ayle group. He explains that they chose this name because at the place where they meet there is a large Ayle tree, and this way, they wouldn't forget the group name. He says that he has worked with the group for around three and a half years, and that little by little, his business has improved.

Previously, he explains, he just bought and sold fruit and vegetables, which he purchased from his community and sold in the town of Tuxpan. Now, he grows his own fruit because his father gave him a large plot which has roughly 80 avocado trees, 20 peach trees and blackberries. He says that his fruit sells well, as he sells avocados by the tonne and people visit his orchard to buy them. He says, “My name is becoming known as I sell very high-quality fruit and this pleases my customers. I am very grateful to VisionFund for helping me with the loans, because it means I can buy what I need to improve my trees”.

Today, Iván is requesting a loan to buy supplies, as his trees have small fruit and May and June are harvest season. He recounts that during harvest time, he pays local people to help him gather the avocados and peaches. Iván's dream is to continue expanding his orchard because through large amounts of effort he has managed to make it succeed. He comments that he wants to build a home out of high-quality materials for his mother, because she lives in a small house at the moment. He also wants to continue studying since he left school after high school due to a lack of money.

The other group members are Imelda, Ausencio and Ma. Julia. They will invest their loans in avocado trees and supplies for them such as organic compost, pesticides, lime and fertilizers.

In this group: Ivan, Imelda, Ausencio, Ma Julia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Chloe Pilpel

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