A loan of $1,175 helped to purchase seeds and fertilizer, and to pay for labor to plant and harvest potatoes.

Maria Francisca's story

Maria is a fighter, hardworking and very humble. She is 33 years old, married, and has 5 children. She has worked in agriculture growing potatoes since she was very young, as she learned this work from her parents. She completed school through the 5th grade but was not able to continue due to a lack of money. Nevertheless her parents taught her to work the land and thanks to that she has three of her children in school. When they finish their school activities they help with some of the work preparing the land, planting, and harvesting the potatoes.

Maria is currently requesting a loan to purchase seeds and fertilizer, and to pay for labor. Every day she is looking for a way to get ahead. For her family agriculture is the only means of income that lets them meet their basic needs and cover family expenses such as schooling, medicine, and clothing. They have better results in terms of income when both adults are working. Then they do not have to pay others to help them harvest the crop and can keep more income to provide their children with a better quality of life. As their children grow up they have greater needs in terms of education and health, etc.

Maria is a woman with a strong will to get ahead and this has allowed her to have the goal of helping her husband and children succeed. She has also maintained a good record in the communal bank in order to continue enjoying the benefits that it provides. Her greatest dream is for her children to grow up to be successful men and women who complete high school and attend university so that they can do well in life and have better employment opportunities.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Michele Magrino

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