A loan of $525 helped to buy fertilizers, manure and sprayers, for growing vegetables.

Maria Abraham's story

María is a hard-working woman with a primary school education. With her husband and her three children, she has been able to succeed, thanks to her dedicated work growing vegetables such as potatoes and broccoli.

She has a great deal of experience in this work, as she learned it more than nine years ago. She acquired this experience after she got married, as it was her partner who taught her how to grow vegetables. Her children go to primary school, and every day after school they help their parents.

María and her husband work hard so that their children don't stop going to school, have a better future and standard of living, and don't experience the difficult situation that they did in their youth. Her product is sold through middlemen who come to the area, which has a great reputation for quality, hygiene, and work methods. But as with all farming, there are always risks, such as pests, and price fluctuations in the market.

Currently Maria is requesting a loan so that she can invest in growing potatoes and broccoli. She will do this by buying fertilizers, manure and pumps for spraying her crop, in order to help keep it healthy and pest-free.

Her dream is to be able to improve her home, and to buy a piece of land so that she can work it and have her own crops. But her priority is to see her children become professionals and have a better future, by having a better education.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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