A loan of $2,500 helped to purchase seeds, protective film, and coal.

Valentina's story

Thanks to the loan from Kiva that Valentina received last year and which she used to improve the conditions of her greenhouses, Valentine was able to maintain her greenhouses and increase her yearly income from 70,000 to 85,000 Grivnyas.
The next season will not be an easy one for Valentina, as her greenhouse business calls for new investments again: Valentina needs to finish building one greenhouse and to alter another one. Valentina would also like to buy good-quality seeds, coal, and additional quantities of protective film.
Thanks to the profits made last season, Valentina and her family have been able to afford small home repairs, install new windows, and buy a used car, a VAZ-2106 (Lada). Valentina's husband left her seven years ago, and she has coped by herself since then. Her son is now grown-up and married, and Valentina, her son and daughter-in-law all work together on the greenhouses.

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Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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