A loan of $525 helped buy supplies for her avocado farm.

Matilde's story

Maty, as she is known in her town, is 45 years old. She is married to Laurentino, who is a mason. They have 11 children, but only 7 live with them: by name, Juan Carlos, Laura (both secondary school students), Jorge, Salvador, Roberto, Marco Antonio (elementary school students) and little Laurentino, who is 5 months old. Matilde works growing avocados. She has a farm that has approximately 200 trees, and she has worked it for 10 years. She says that she began this project because her husband started to buy the plants by threes every two weeks, and she cultivated them. Thus, little by little they established their farm. During harvest time, she goes out to sell her avocados by the bucketful at the central warehouse of Zitacuaro, and sometimes they rent trees that already have fruit to customers. She is requesting a loan from the financial institution to buy fertilizers and hoses for irrigation, since the water source is a little bit far away, and this will help her reach all the trees to water them, so they don't dry out during this hot season. She will go to buy the hose because she will soon have some small fruit on the trees, and she is taking good care of them so that they don't dry out. Matilde's goal with her farm is to keep planting more avocado trees since they are giving her good earnings.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman

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