A loan of $1,175 helped to buy fertlizer and agrochemical supplies.

Emiliana's story

Señora Emiliana is 66 years old and is married to Sr. Carmelo who is 49 years old. They have one young dependent son who is studying in secondary school, and they live in the rural community of Melga Chimpa Rodea, which is 33 km from the city of Cochabamba. The whole family makes a living through agriculture by producing potatoes, broad beans, and peas, with crop rotation on two hectares of land that she inherited from her parents.

Doña Emiliana needs the capital to buy agricultural supplies (organic fertilizer is cheap this time of year) so that in the following agricultural season she will have fertilizer stored up. She needs some of it to buy agrochemical products for phytosanitary treatment (which protects against pests and diseases) in order to guarantee food safety. She also needs the finances to have savings. She says that it will increase the production of potatoes for a year, thus she will have enough income to support her son until he finishes his higher education.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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