A loan of $4,900 helped a member to purchase seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Girasol Group's story

Forty-year-old Noé belongs to a group called Girasol [Sunflower]. He says that his colleagues chose that name because there were so many sunflowers by the house where they met to pay their bill that they wouldn't forget it.

Noé is originally from an indigenous community called Don Gu, a Mazahua word meaning "corner." He has sold fruits and vegetables for 12 years at various markets in his town and the surrounding area. Noé also drives around the area in his truck selling produce. He buys fruits and vegetables from a supply center and then sells them in the community. Noé also sometimes buys peaches and avocados wholesale from orchards and resells them in Mexico State, earning a little more when he sells wholesale.

Noé is applying for a loan to purchase seasonal fruits and vegetables. He wants to purchase better quality produce to sell in Mexico City, where demand is higher. Noé says that this is the first time he's worked with a lender and he hopes the process goes well.

Noé joined the Girasol group at the invitation of a friend. This friend knew that Noé needed capital to grow his business and would make payments, so he suggested that Noé work with VisionFund. Noé is grateful for the trust of his friend and VisionFund and says he'll strive to make payments on time.

The other members of the group are María, José, Agustina and Félix, who are requesting loans to purchase seasonal fruit and vegetables and sewing materials.

In this group: María, Jose, Agustina, Félix, Noé

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Stephen Volante

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