A loan of $625 helped to buy seed, manure and fertilizers for tomato and pepper crops.

Veronica Del Carmen's story

Verónica, 40, is originally from Santo Domingo. She has three children. She has been a farmer since she was a little girl because her parents were poorl and they depended on their crops. When she got married, her husband farmed leased farmlands. To date they have been unable to purchase their own land. However, they lease four manzanas (a traditional unit of land area in Central America) on which they grow tomatoes, peppers and radishes.

Sometimes, due to drought or lack of fertilizers, they lose part of the crops in which they have invested all their seed; this makes it very difficult. For this reason, the need arises to seek financing to buy the necessary manure, fertilizers and seed because they are about to plant tomato and peppers. They hope to produce good product that will sell at the best market prices so that they can meet household expenses and repay the loan on time. Her short-term goal is to be able to buy her own farmlands so that her family can have a better future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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