A loan of $1,475 helped to buy an electronic irrigation pump for her crops.

Norma's story

Norma is a 30 year old woman and is married. She is a fighter, a businesswoman and has a lot of desire to get ahead. Together with her husband, she has three children who are studying in school. She and her husband work in agriculture planting corn, beans, vegetables, sweet chiles, cucumbers, etc. She does not have any education because her parents had very few resources and were not able to support her, but she learned to work the earth when she was very young. Her parents taught her this activity. Today she, together with her husband, are adding other products for planting. Their produce is sold and marketed in the areas around their home, in the local market and through brokers who certify their produce as healthy, without contamination and not treated with chemicals or other items that make them grow at an accelerated rate. The land that they work on is not their own property because they rent where they live. At the same time, the owner helps them by giving them permission to work the land to provide for their necessities like food, clothes, medicine and most importantly, the studies of their children.

Norma needs assistance to purchase an electronic irrigation pump. It will benefit them more than the pump that they have right now because the current one uses combustible fuel and, due to the rise in pricing and instability of this fuel, it increases their costs and prevents them from getting earnings.

Her dream is to be able to see her children graduate from a university so that they can have better employment opportunities, better earnings and a better lifestyle and also to continue supporting her husband each day according to their ideals and to get head together as a family.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emily Hildreth

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