A loan of $1,175 helped to buy sacks of natural fertilizers.

Alicia's story

Alicia, 40, is a woman with many qualities. She’s always honest and with a smile on her face. She has five children but only lives with three of them, Kelvin, Stefany and Deyvis, who she cares for in her own house.

Her main crops are potatoes, wheat, onions and barley that she grows on land inherited from her father. She has six years’ experience and what she likes the most is to help people who need her because during the harvest season she hires day laborers who help her reap the ripe fruits from the earth. She likes working in the fields which is why a few years ago she bought two cows and several sheep that produce milk and meat for home consumption. If any financial problem arises, she takes advantage of them and sells them off. She affirms that her animals are her contingency plan for any unforeseen economic problem.

She now wants to save up as much as possible to provide her children with a good education because they are her motivating force to move forward. She’s a member of the “Mujeres Luchadoras” communal bank and this is her 4th MFP loan. She’s grateful for the support she’s gotten in her association because it allows here to increase her business’ working capital. Because of this she promises to make her payments punctually. Alicia will use the requested funds to buy natural fertilizer to spread among her next potato and onion crops.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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