A loan of $4,125 helped a member to buy more seeds such as cilantro, tomato, carrots, lettuce, etc.


Peñitas Group's story

Doña Adelina or Ade, as she is better known, is a very hardworking and very enterprising woman who is characterized by her kindness. She is part of the group Penitas, is 31 years old, and lives with her common-law husband Sixto . Together they have formed a family with three daughters who are all in school. Ade has had a greenhouse for the past nine years and is currently requesting a loan from Kiva and VisionFund to buy more seeds of cilantro, tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, etc. She needs the money to be able to continue planting vegetables. Without the loan it will be difficult to buy the seeds because the cost has risen sharply. Ade tells us how she acquired her greenhouse: "I always liked working in the fields, I always wanted a greenhouse but had not enough money to build one." For a good greenhouse structure, she needed good capital , she says "... but I still wanted to plant vegetables. I built a small kitchen garden with disposable materials like thin sticks and some old sacks to cover my vegetables ." Ade always worked with great dedication to get good crops, but one day she had the opportunity to request a greenhouse from a government program . For Ade, this news was very welcome. Just having the structure (which is very expensive) made ​​her very happy. Ade has had this greenhouse for nine years and she grows all kinds of vegetables for several months. She works very heard and then sells her vegetables to her neighbors as she never liked going out to sell on the streets or in the markets. Her sales are very good because her neighbors buy all her merchandise. She often no longer has to go out and sell because they come to her house to buy. Nevertheless, the only challenge Ade faces is the lack of water to irrigate her plants. In the community where she lives it is prohibited to use the drinking water for crops so, when it rains, she captures as much water as possible to use as her greenhouse irrigation. The real problem is that in times of drought she often fears losing her entire crop. Ade's goal is to plant in large quantities to sell or deliver directly to her customers She also wants to have a stall in a more central location from which she can sell her vegetables.
Ade has dreams and the other group members also want to fulfill theirs and this is why they are requesting a loan to invest in their businesses: Bibiana will invest in toys for cotton candy; Juana in rabbits, chickens and turkeys; Ines Luis in her workshop; Irenaeus in oats; Andres in taxis; Martha in a grocery store; and Virginia in clothes. The Penitas group is located in a very beautiful community that is characterized by its large trees and by the fact that it is usually very cold. The group consists of 11 people who are very hardworking and responsible and who always try to be very punctual in any situation where they need to get together and talk. They chose the name of their group because it is the name of their community and it is in the Mazahua language.

In this group: Andres, Ines , Bibiana, Juana, Irineo , Martha Florencia , Luis , Adelina , Virginia*
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alison Hynd


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