Total loan: $1,450


Coroico, La Paz Department, Bolivia / Agriculture

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A loan helped to build a storehouse for her coca crop.

Elizabeth's story

Elizabeth is a 37 year-old woman who is a single mother of four school-aged children. The five of them live in their own home in the community of Santo Domingo, within the province of Nor Yungas and the city of La Paz, Bolivia.

Elizabeth works in agriculture, specifically growing coca, one of the more important sources of food for the population that inhabits -- and for centuries has inhabited -- this zone, the cities of Corioco and La Paz, Bolivia. She grows a plant called coca, and the leaf contains protein, vitamins, and minerals that make it not only an excellent nutritional option, but also a way to cure various diseases. Coca leaf is a product that is consumed via chewing and in infusions (mate from coca). Elizabeth has more than 8 years of experience in this field. She works from Monday to Saturday from 8am to 6pm. Elizabeth asked for a loan from Kiva's field partner Sembrar Sartawi IFD, with the aim of building a storehouse for her crop. She has the hope of improving her income and offering a better quality of life to her four young children, offering them also a good level of education, including college, in the future.