A loan of $675 helped to grow avocados and make Ocoshal crafts.

Maria Crisanta's story

Crisanta, 28, is married and has three children, an 8-year-old boy, a 5-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy. She is from a place where there are many pine trees and local people take care to protect them from illegal loggers. Most of the population makes Ocoshal crafts and use the shrub pine as raw material. For seven years she has been making Ocoshal crafts and growing avocados. At harvest time she and her husband cut down the fruit and take it to the city of Toluca for sale at the wholesale market. There they can get a very good price for their produce, which lets them give their children a better quality of life. She is requesting a loan to buy fertilizer and insecticides so the fruit will be of good quality. Crisanta's goal is to help her children get an education. She says "I want my children to study because farm work is very hard and I don't want them to suffer. I want to work hard to finish building a concrete house because when we lived in the wood house they used to get sick because of the cold.".

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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