A loan of $1,125 helped to introduce cochineal insects to her prickly pear plants.

Luzmila's story

Luzmila is 37 years old and has three children who are 17, 13 and 7 years old who are her reason for living. Together with her husband they work very hard to give them decent living conditions and above all to raise them to be good people.

Her house is located in the city of Nazca, which is characterised by its warm climate. It also has many turist attractions such as the Nazca lines, which receive an infinite number of tourists throughout the year. When Luzmila has free time she likes to watch the television and read novels and sometimes to eat her favourite dish which is “Seco de Res” (beef stew). Since she does not have many resources she only had a secondary education, but she would have liked to have studied at university.

Day to day Luzmila works in agriculture. She works very hard on her plot of land on which she is sowing prickly pears, since she earns her living selling cochineal. The cochineal is an insect which is used to dye various products, such as textiles. She works around 6 hours each day, since she always has to look over her crops and check if the cochineal is maturing. She considers that her business is going well because she is very responsible, hard-working and above all because she has is keen to get ahead.

Luzmila is very grateful to the Kiva lenders since thanks to their help she can undertake a new cochineal infestation and maintain her crops, in particular to manure and irrigate then and in this way she will be able to have a good harvest and improve her income, which will allow her to continue working, improving her situation and fighting to make her biggest dream a reality: to finish building her house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer KAROLINA KOSZELSKI

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