A loan of $3,550 helped a member to purchase supplies for growing avocados, like fertilizers, lime, insecticides, etc.

El Fresno De La Soledad Group's story

Francisca is 46 years old. She is a hardworking woman. She likes the land where she lives; it is a place full of vegetation and beautiful views. They named their group "El Fresno de la Soledad" ["The Ash of Solitude"] because where they were meeting, there was a big ash tree, and to locate the group quickly, they gave it that name. She says that she is sad right now because her father-in-law is very ill. He was a member of the group and a very hardworking gentleman; now his health is very delicate, so she is taking care of him.

Francisca earns her living growing avocados. Where she lives, she has a big field where she grows corn, marigolds, peaches, a stubble crop, etc. She says that she has the field divided in half; in one half she has the avocado orchard, and in the other half, she grows the other crops. She is requesting a loan because she wants to buy fertilizers and insecticides to strengthen her avocado trees; she has small fruit right now, and to keep them from falling off, she needs to apply these materials. She says that she has 180 trees and she and her husband take care fo them because they hope to one day leave them to their children as an inheritance.

She says that Vision Fund has made several loans to her and that she has paid all of them back well, and that thanks to those loans, she has been able to make her farm grow. She says that with the profits that she will earn from her avocado crop, she is planning to buy a higher-capacity pump to water her trees. The other members fo the group are named Rogelio, Juan, and Luis Antonio. They will invest in the purchase of items to stock a grocery store and supplies to improve the conditions of avocado orchards.

In this group: Francisca, Rogelio, Juan, Luis Antonio

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Holly Torpey

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