A loan of $600 helped to buy medecines, fertilizer and stakes for blackberries.

Maria Petrona's story

Maria Petrona M. B. is 51 years old, married, and lives with her husband and children. She has 9 children from 10 to 32 years old. One of her children is seen in the foto.

She is a member of the rural loan group "Mushuc Nan", a Quechua phrase that means "New Road" in Spanish. The group consists of 18 women who work in agriculture. They all live in the community of Guantug Cruz in the district of Guaranda. Each of them has a strong desire to use the loans in order to further their lives.

Maria is a farmer and plants large quantities of blackberries. She plants lesser amounts of beans, barley, corn, potatoes, cabbage and carrots to eat. In addition, she raises hens to eat and sell in the market in Guaranda. She sells the hens every year in Guaranda and sells the blackberries weekly in her community. She seeks a loan to purchase medicine, fertilizer, and stakes for the blackberries.

Her hope is that her children are able to study and find work. She can be found learning to read and write during her spare moments. Her son at school is helping her to study. She herself helps out at a school to learn and make a contribution.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Megan and David Kaisel

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