A loan of $4,950 helped a member to buy fertilizer and manure grow tomatoes and avocados.

Los Encinos Group's story

Alicia is 45 years old, she is part of a group of women who ask for loans and the group is called Los Encinos , She says they named it that because the town is full of encinos [red oaks], although wood cutter have been cutting them down little by little clandestinely. Alicia grow tomatoes and she says that for 6 years she has been working really hard to get ahead in her business. Sometimes she has a lot of losses due to the frosts that come to the community. She says that 3 years ago, she set up a place as a greenhouse where she has her tomatoes so they don't get damaged. Lately, she has obtained better profits although it requires a lot of care and work so the fruit doesn't fall off. She says that she also has some avocado trees, since she has a lot of land. She is asking for a loan to buy fertilizers for the tomatoes and the avocados since they both bear fruit and she wants to earn a little more. She says that she sells by the bushel in the market of Zitacuaro since it is close to her community. The other members of the group are named Eulalia, María del Carmen, María Luisa, Ricarda, Rosario, Sandra, Aurora and María Isabel. They will invest their loans in buying feed for turkeys, and in sheep to sell, to buy materials to make embroidered napkins, fertilizers for growing avocados, pigs, and feed for them.

In this group: Eulalia, Maria Del Carmen, Maria Luisa, Alicia Dolores, Ricarda, Rosario, Sandra*, Aurora, Maria Isabel
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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