A loan of $1,625 helped a member to buy fruit and vegetables in season to sell.

Flor De Canela Group's story

Mariana is 32 years old. She is from the community of Curungueo and she sells fruit and vegetables in season. She is a part of a group called Flor de Canela. She says that they named it that because the community center has the same name and in order for the group to be recognized more quickly they gave it that name. She says that she grows some of her fruits and vegetables and she buys and resells the rest. The fruit and vegetables that she grows are avocados, cilantro, beans, prickly pears, radishes, and peaches. She has had this business for 7 years, because she started it to help her husband with the children's expenses. They have two children, one in preschool and another who is two. She likes what she does because she cares for her children, since the land where she has her fruit and vegetables in where her house is. She relates that she sells at the Zitacuaro market and in the city market. Right now,she is asking for a loan to invest in her business to buy fruit in season such as mangos, watermelons, papayas, pineapples, honeydew and green melons, lemons, guayabas etc.

She says: “my father taught me to work so I would have my own capital so I could buy whatever I want. That is why I work very hard to buy my children what they need." She says that the loan will be used to improve her business and thus sell a little more. She sells small bags of fruit and vegetables or individually if they are large. The other members of the group are named Reynaldo, Virginia and Benito. They will invest in buying materials to make popsicles and snow cones with different flavors, and also to buy cups, cones and little spoons and sticks. They will also invest in ingredients to make curundas (a Mexican appetizer) and in fertilizer and insecticide to grow avocados, and fruit and vegetables in season.

In this group: Reynaldo, Mariana, Virginia, Benito

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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