A loan of $2,450 helped a member to buy agricultural supplies.

Peña Blanca Group's story

Emilia is from a town called Donanciano Ojeda where most of the residents still speak their native language, Otomí. The main source of employment in this area is making crafts from ‘ocoshal,’ a raw material that comes from pine trees and that’s formed into beautiful creations like napkin holders, jewel boxes, tortilla baskets, jugs, fruit bowls and many other crafts.

Emilia is in a group of people who are asking for a loan to improve their businesses. The group is called “Peña Blanca” (White Cliff). She works making crafts and also has a peach and avocado orchard that’s she’s been working hard at for five years already. She says that she’s already had several harvests that she sells by the bucketful to the wholesale food market in Zitácuaro thus earning more. She also sells the peaches and right now she’s asking for a loan to buy organic manure and insecticide to improve her trees. She says that thanks to the loans she’s gotten from the loan company she’s been able to improve her orchard since she used to just own the land but didn’t grow anything on it. Thanks to training they gave her on how to improve her quality of life by means of the loans she started to work her land and improve her profits.

She had four children but only two who are attending primary school still live with her; the others are married. The other group members are Catalina, Gerarda and Elodia. They will invest in their businesses. They will buy stock merchandise for the grocery store, will buy supplies to improve the avocado orchard and will buy supplies needed to make crafts.

In this group: Emilia, Catalina, Gerarda, Elodia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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