A loan of $325 helped to buy fertilizer, manure, and pesticides for her corn plantings.


Gladis Marina's story

Gladis is a happy, hardworking woman who, despite her 51 years, still has big dreams and lives life to the fullest. She finished elementary school, is single, and has three children, who help her with the corn growing chores: clearing, pruning, shelling, and cleaning. She learned her trade at an early age from her mother, whom she admires and considers a good example for her family.

In addition to growing corn, Gladis also sells beverages, bread, and chicken on weekends. She sells her merchandise outside her home to neighbors, small merchants from the local market, and others who make corn tortillas. Her business has been successful for a long time and is the only income source she has to support her family. Her daughter-in-law lives with her and helps her with household chores like cleaning and cooking. With her uncle's help, Gladis was able to acquire land so that she could work for herself.

Gladis is applying for a loan to buy fertilizer, manure, and pesticides for next month's corn planting. She is thinking of harvesting part of her crops and wants to keep it healthy and free of pests. She dreams of having more land for planting corn so that she can keep providing for her family. This would also mean that the land could be worked by generations of her descendents, since she wishes to start a small business selling bags of tortillas some day.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer



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