A loan of $600 helped to buy supplies and to pay for labor to harvest 1.5 "manzanas" [2.5 acres] of rice.

Nora Del Socorro's story

Nora lives in the community of San Lorenza in the outskirts of Teustepe, Boaco. She is the mother of two children who are in secondary school. She only studied through elementary school due to the impoverished conditions in which she grew up. In addition to being a housewife, she is also a farmer. She started this work five years ago with the help of her children and her husband, who also works in agriculture. She started planting one "manzana" [a unit of land equivalent to 1.7 acres] of rice near her home. This is her first loan. She sells what she produces in the community where buyers come looking for her rice crop. This represents a great effort, of which she is very proud because few women do this work to generate income for their homes. Her main inspiration are her children, for whom she fights to take good care of them. The rainy season is getting close, so she wants to harvest before it begins. She is requesting the Kiva loan to buy supplies and to pay for labor to harvest 1.5 "manzanas" [2.5 acres] of rice. This loan will help her have better production and to harvest her crop and sell it in time so she can try to plant more next season. Her future plans are to buy 2 "manzanas" [3.5 acres] of land since she currently only has 1.5 "manzanas".

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tanya Harper

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