A loan of $1,475 helped to buy corn to cultivate for sale.


Mirian Arely's story

Mirian is a 38 year old woman, a go-getter, an entrepreneur who has four children from her marriage. The oldest works in a hardware store and the three younger ones are studying at primary school in different grades and help their parents after school with some farming activities such as cleaning corn, fertilizing, etc. She did not receive an education because her parents could not support her due to the lack of financial resources but she was taught to work in agriculture from an early age which she considers an example of family dedication, strength and performance.

She has been working in agriculture alongside her husband for 12 years in the planting and cultivation of corn and besides that activity she also works raising and selling pigs and in basic grains (corn) that is distributed for sale in warehouses, grocery stores and other businesses. Her crops are located three miles from her home which she walks daily.

Today she is is asking for help to buy corn in order to cultivate it to sell as it is one of the ways other than selling pigs that generates income for the family and to be able to help her husband with the basic household expenses and some for school fees and clothing for her children.

Her goal and strategy is to grow a little more corn in order to improve sales. She is asking for help because she needs to buy corn seed as her product now does not generate enough because certified corn seed is expensive.

Her dream is to see her children graduate from university with a career so they can reap a benefit and also that they can make use of it day by day having the strength to get ahead and be better each day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand



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