A loan of $400 helped to buy fertilizer.

Celidonia's story

Celidonia is 52 years old and became a widow 14 years ago. She and her husband had six children. Now she lives with only one of them, whom she takes care of in her home located in Hila.

Since she became a widow she has had to take the reins in the home. She appreciates her children’s support and their help with the noble work of farming. She raises potatoes, yucca, and beans twice a year on her farmland. She has farmlands with irrigation, meaning with access to water. She must walk for many hours to get to where her crops are. The walk doesn’t bother her but she takes advantage of this and takes her animals. She has sheep, donkeys, pigs, chickens, and Guinea pigs. She uses the last three kinds for personal consumption and she raises them in her home. She takes each harvest to the city where she receives a greater income. Now she would like to save all the money she can because she wants to buy a house where she can start a prepared food business.

This will be her fifth loan through MFP and she appreciates the financial support that she gets, as it will allow her to solidify her business objectives. She also promises to be punctual with her payments and she says that she has learned a lot from the other members in the group.

Celidonia will invest the money from this loan to buy natural fertilizers to spread among her potato and yucca crops.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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