A loan of $425 helped to buy agricultural supplies.

Ana Zulema's story

Ana Zulema is originally from the community of Los Zarzales in the municipality of El Jicaral. It is a community of some 30 houses located on the edge of a road where the majority of the inhabitants make their living in agriculture, through the goodness of the earth.

Ana Zulema was raised on a modest farm where she learned agricultural work from an early age. However, she also studied to be a teacher because she likes teaching reading and writing to children. Since that time more than 20 years ago, she has been offering classes to children in her community's small schoolhouse. On weekends she, her husband, and their four children engage in agricultural labor on their farm, which she inherited from her parents and where they harvest corn and beans.

Through some of her friends at work, she learned about the Kiva lenders who finance loans for poor people through CEPRODEL. She then came to the office to ask for a loan to buy agricultural supplies because the winter harvest season was coming and they wanted to harvest corn and beans. She hopes that her request will be approved so she can improve her economic situation because bringing these foods to market helps her economically.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Will Morningstar

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