A loan of $775 helped to buy manure.

Balentina Avelina's story

Balentina is a 56-year-old woman who is happily married living in the city of Camaná. She’s always been a very cheerful, enthusiastic, hardworking person who has joined efforts with her husband to get ahead. Unfortunately, because she needed to work and cover expenses she was unable to attend secondary school or study a professional career either but she would have liked to have done so very much. She likes to spend some of her free time caring for her guinea pigs which she considers her pets and sometimes cooks a very delicious “Estofado de Pollo” to share with her family.

On her own initiative and with help from her husband, Balentina works in agriculture. She has a small parcel of land where she grows broad beans. Balentina works doing various field chores starting very early in the morning. She can work about 10 hours daily and she’s very happy with the work she does since she’s always enjoyed working in the fields.

Balentina is very grateful to Kiva lenders because thanks to the help they’ve given her she will be able to cover costs of maintaining her crops buying necessary manure. In this way she will be able to keep her crops in good condition and when harvest is over will obtain good profits which in a not too distant future she’ll be able to use to plant various other crops.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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