A loan of $800 helped purchase of seeds to sow potato.


Alcira's story

Alcira was born on the 8th of September, 1944 in Obra GranD., VallegranD..

The province of VallegranD. in located in the south west region, 241 kilometres from the department of Santa Cruz D. la Sierra. It has a population of 26,027 inhabitants and a landmass of 6,414 square kilometres. It is located at a mean height of 1,970 metres above sea level.

VallegranD. is characterised by its hilly topography of valleys, mountains and various mountain ranges.

It has a mild, stable climate and its primary production is agriculture. Its fields are used for the cultivation of ornamental flowers.

Alcira has four school-aged children and is married to Francisco. Both of them work in agriculture.

20 years ago, Alcira aquired a small parcel of land in Villa Florida,10km from San Luis, on the way to Pampa D. Coscal. At the same time, she started working in this area in agriculture.

Alcira has never taken out a loan at another institution and this is the first time that she is asking for a loan with Kiva. She went to Emprender (Kiva's field partner) after it was recommended to her by a neighbour who works in the same field as her. Alcira is very hardworking and as she has four children to raise she gets up in the early hours of the morning to start work.

The money from this loan will be used to purchase seeds to sow potatoes as it is now sowing season, and after harvesting them she will sell them in the local market. Alcira also sows other vegetables, including corn and beans.

Alcira is grateful to Emprender for the trust they have placed in her in approving this loan.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Suzanne Grasso



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