A loan of $725 helped to buy insecticides, compost, fertilizer, lime and boxes in which to pack avocados.

Maria Leucadia's story

Leucadia, 52, is married to Aristeo and has 7 children. The five who live with them are in primary and secondary school. She is a hardworking woman who wants to get ahead. For more than 12 years, she has grown avocados, since her region has the right conditions for good avocados and has two strong seasons for harvesting them. She makes good money out of the current season. Her children help her to cut the fruit and take them to sell them by the tray in the wholesale market of a nearby town. She says that when it is not the avocado season, she sells handicrafts from Ocoshal in the country's capital.

Doña Leucadia is seeking a loan to buy material for her crops and to keep her trees in good shape, such as insecticide, compost, fertilizers, lime and boxes in which to pack the avocados. Her goal is to keep up her business and to open up a market in different towns in her state so as to sell the fruit she grows more quickly. She thanks Kiva's Field Partner for helping her to buy what she needs to make her business grow.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ross Forman

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