A loan of $750 helped to buy coffee and banana seedlings and to pay workers to remove weeds.

Areli's story

Areli is 24 years old and a single mother of a seven-year-old son. For this reason, she dedicates herself to her life and work. Areli lives with her mother in the community of Pucharini and receives financial support from her ex-partner so that her young son can have a decent education. Since she is aware that new needs arise over time, Areli took charge of her parents’ land so that she could plant avocados, coffee, and bananas. She also has a business selling groceries, vegetables, sodas, and other products from her mother’s house. “Both activities are profitable. Planting crops produces good results each time, but the store generates income for daily expenses,” explains Areli. In the future, she plans to expand her business by being well-stocked with more merchandise and producing crops in greater volume so that she can provide her son more educational opportunities. “One of my dreams is to have my own home and to raise a loving family,” she says with laughter. With faith, Areli promises to be steadfast and punctual with her payments, just like her fellow members of the Communal Bank called “Trabajadores de Pucharini” (Workers of Pucharini). She feels very comfortable with her group.

Once the money is in her hands, Areli will buy coffee and banana seedlings and also start a new crop of cassava. The rest of the money will be used to pay workers to remove weeds from her parcels of land.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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