A loan of $675 helped to cultivate avocados and to sell handicrafts.

Maria Leucadia's story

María Leucadia is a hardworking woman who is responsible in her various activities. From the time she was very young, her parents instilled in her a love of the land. Her area is well known to have very good quality land where the main economic activities are cultivating avocados and making handicrafts using ocoshal leaves. Maria Leucadia is 52 years old, married, and has 7 children, but only 5 are still dependent upon her because they are still small and are studying in the elementary and secondary schools. She comments that there are 2 harvest seasons for her avocado trees, and she gets good earnings from them. During the harvest times her children help her to cut the fruit and take it out to sell buy the bucket to the wholesalers in a town near her area. She has been doing this work for more than 4 years, and she comments that when it is not harvest season she also works selling handicrafts made from ocoshal leaves in Mexico City. Maria Leucadia is asking for a loan to continue to buy young avocado trees so that she can gradually expand her orchard. She will also use the loan to buy manure, fertilizers and insecticides so that her trees do not have pests. Maria Leucadia is very grateful for the loan that is being granted to her, because her business will grow a bit more, and the quality of life of her children will improve.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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