Mexico: Alejandro & Lupita
Alejandro and Lupita
a young couple living in Mexico with two smallchildren
had a dream: to start a plant and animal nursery, even thoughthey are both blind.CHOICE Humanitarian partnered with Alejandro and Lupita to help realizetheir dream, providing unique training and access to the startup capital theyneeded. Today they have 28 goats (20 adults and 8 kids), 6 rabbits, 10 sheep,25 chickens, and plenty of plants, flowers and trees.Their plan is to repay the loan for these animals and plants within the nextyear. The goats provide 4 liters of milk a day, which they can sell, and theycan also sell the kids for 400 pesos each (about $34). The other animals canalso be sold for a profit.Another project of focus for the family is raising plants, which are perfect for
“Square Foot Gardening” —
a method for growing a lot of fruits andvegetables in a small raised bed. Perfect for areas with poor soil and limitedspace.Alejandro and Lupita have a viable business which, for them, is literallyproducing a way out of poverty.
Alejandro feeling the leaves todetermine if the plant needs water.