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Gladis Marina
Gladis is a happy, hardworking woman who, despite her 51 years, still has big dreams and lives life to the fullest. She finished elementary school, is single, and has three children, who help her with the corn growing chores: clearing, pruning, shelling, and cleaning. She learned her trade at an early age from her mother, whom she admires and considers a good example for her family.

In addition to growing corn, Gladis also sells beverages, bread, and chicken on weekends. She sells her merchandise outside her home to neighbors, small merchants from the local market, and others who make corn tortillas. Her business has been successful for a long time and is the only income source she has to support her family. Her daughter-in-law lives with her and helps her with household chores like cleaning and cooking. With her uncle's help, Gladis was able to acquire land so that she could work for herself.

Gladis is applying for a loan to buy fertilizer, manure, and pesticides for next month's corn planting. She is thinking of harvesting part of her crops and wants to keep it healthy and free of pests. She dreams of having more land for planting corn so that she can keep providing for her family. This would also mean that the land could be worked by generations of her descendents, since she wishes to start a small business selling bags of tortillas some day.
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Doña gladis es una mujer feliz, luchadora que a pesar de sus 51 años de edad ella no deja de soñar en grande y de vivir la vida cada minuto que pasa. Ella tiene un grado de educación primario completo es soltera y tiene 3 hijos los cuales le ayudan con las actividades del cultivo de maíz como ser: limpieza, poda, desgrane, lavado, etc. Ella aprendió esta actividad desde temprana edad inculcada por su madre a quien ella admira considerarla un ejemplo para su familia. Ella ademas de dedicarse al cultivo de maíz también tiene otras actividades como ser la venta de refresco, pan, pollo los fines de semana. Su producto es comercializado y vendido en los alrededores de su hogar con algunos vecinos, personas que lo comercializa en pequeña escala en el mercado local y otros que a su vez aprovecha una parte para la elaboración y venta de tortillas de maíz. Esta actividad le ha dado fruto por mucho tiempo y son el único medio de ingreso que ellos tienen para el sustento como familia. Con ella vive una nuera la cual le ayuda con las actividades del hogar como ser limpieza, cocina, etc. El terreno que ella tiene lo adquirió mediante el tío hace algún tiempo para que ella pudiera trabajar de manera propia.

Doña gladis solicita ayuda para poder comprar fertilizantes, abono, plaguicidas, para su cultivo ya que este próximo mes piensa sacar una parte de su cosecha la cual quiere aprovechar en su totalidad manteniendola sana y limpia de cualquier plaga.

Sus sueños a futuro es tener una amplia plantación de maíz la cual pueda seguirles dando bendiciones, sustento familiar y pueda ser trabajada de generación en generación por sus hijos ya que su anhelo es poder algún día iniciar una pequeña empresa de tortillas en bolsa.

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More information about this loan

These loans are designed for female farmers who produce a variety of products (onion, garlic, eggplant, spinach, mango, strawberries, etc.). Loan terms will vary depending on need, and borrowers can choose to make a "bullet" payment timed with harvest profits. Agricultural loans are considered risky in Honduras due to external forces like unpredictable weather and worldwide crop prices. As a result, many traditional financial institutions are unwilling to offer these loans. With Kiva funding, COMIXMUL will be able to reach more borrowers with agricultural loans tailored to their needs.

About Honduras

  • $4,200
    Average annual income
  • 16
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    Honduras Loans Fundraising
  • $8,227,050
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 19.7
    Honduras Lempiras (HNL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $325 helped Gladis Marina to buy fertilizer, manure, and pesticides for her corn plantings.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Pre-Disbursed:
Mar 21, 2013
Listed
Mar 24, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Jan 17, 2014