A loan of $625 helped to buy farming supplies needed for her pepper crops.


Alma Leticia's story

Alma is a young woman of 31. She is a tenacious, entrepreneurial, married woman who has four children: 2 girls and 2 boys. Her eldest [daughter] is in her first year of 'bachillerato' (senior high) studying science and letters. Her second child is in his first year of 'ciclo común básico' (high school), her third child [daughter] is in elementary school and her youngest [son] is 2 years old. Alma herself studied up to the third year of 'ciclo común básico' (approximately age 16) but was unable to continue her schooling due to a lack of financial support. She and her husband have been growing peppers for more than three years. She learned this business from her in-laws who were happy to teach her. Alma sells her produce herself in different villages and neighboring areas. It is bought by salespeople from the areas surrounding her village. Her crops are located half a kilometer from her home and she walks there every day. Alma is currently requesting help so that she can buy special products that she needs to maintain her pepper crops. The plants are delicate and her challenge is keeping them healthy. Alma's goal is to provide her crops with the attention and care they require so that she will obtain a large harvest in the months of August and September. Her dream is to be able to continue supporting her children in their studies and to grow their inheritance so that she has something to leave them and they can continue working and running the business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard



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