A loan of $6,650 helped a member to buy fruits and vegetables.

El Cacique Group's story

Alejandra is from a community near a hill called El Cacique. She belongs to a group of people who request loans from VisiónFund to improve their businesses and be able to support their families.

Ale, as she's known affectionately, is 27 years old and studied up to the third year of secondary school. She says she didn't continue with her studies because she lacked the capital and her parents weren't able to continue supporting her anymore. She has two children, one in elementary school and one who's five months old.

She says she makes a living selling fruits and vegetables in the town market. She goes to the distribution center early in the day to stock up by choosing the best produce that's not bruised. This way she can finish selling early. She sells by the bag: avocado, Manzano peppers, blackberries, mango, peaches, and seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Making little bags earns her a bit more, she says. She goes around the market selling from a bucket. She likes what she does because she has time for her home and her children. Her mother helps her by taking care of the children, and when she can't, Alejandra takes her child in one hand, her bucket in the other, and her baby in her shawl on her back, and goes out to sell.

Her dream is to set up a stall outside the town market so she won't have to walk from one place to another, which is very tiring.

She says she's requesting her loan to stock up on seasonal fruits and vegetables because she wants to buy a bit more to increase her profits and give her young children a better quality of life.

The other members of the group are Nemesia, María Cristina, Laura Cecilia, María Teresa, Alicia, Araceli, Jazmín, Belén, María Guadalupe, Alberta, María Guadalupe, Rosalba, Jannet, Patricia, Tatiana, and Elisenia. They'll invest their loans in buying and selling seasonal fruit, buying animal feed and extracting milk to sell, buying chicken feed and chickens to raise and sell, buying groceries for a store, and buying ingredients to make snacks.

In this group: Nemesia, Maria Cristina, Laura Cecilia, Maria Teresa, Alicia, Araceli, Alejandra, Yazmin, Belen, Ma. Guadalupe, Alberta*, Rosalba, María Guadalupe, Jannet, Patricia, Tatiana, Elisenia
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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