A loan of $800 helped to buy three bags of fertilizer and a liter of herbicides, to register on public record a piece of land she inherited from her father and to build a shed for the kitchen.


Emelina's story

Mrs. Emelina is 61 years old, she has three grandchildren. She cultivates the land together with her grandchildren since her life partner died; it was him who taught her that line of work. She now tries to teach her grandchildren. She wakes up at 5:00 am and makes them breakfast. She then gets their clothes ready and sends them to school. She stays home and takes care of the household chores and prepares lunch. At 2:00 pm she goes to the plantation and she stays until 5:00 or 6:00 pm and then comes back home. She mentions that she works a lot in order to help her grandchildren, because their mother works as a housekeeper and their father abandoned them.

In order to buy the supplies she needs, she must walk for thirty minutes and then get on the bus that takes her to the place where she buys the supplies. The bus trip takes also thirty minutes. The loan she is requesting to Fundación Campo is for buying three bags of fertilizer and a liter of herbicides, building a shed for the kitchen and for registering on public record a piece of land she inherited from her father. With this, she will not be afraid of somebody taking her land away, with the construction of the shed the smoke will not enter the house and she will spread the fertilizers that her crops need for its fruits to be good.

Her wish is that her grandchildren study and grow to be men and women with good values and to be able to build a brick house, because the one they now live in is made of corrugated metal.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Santiago Mejía Dugand



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