A loan of $1,275 helped to buy fertilizers, manure and fumigation sprays for her fields of potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower.

Ma Octaviana's story

Maria Octaviana is a 40-year-old woman and a fighter who went to school up to second grade. Together with her husband and seven children they have been able to overcome thanks to their dedication to the cultivation of vegetables (potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower).

She has a lot of experience in this activity since she learned it over 20 years ago. She acquired this experience in her youth through her parents and currently works with her husband. They work on their own property thanks to an inheritance from her husband's parents. The land is located half an hour from their home and they travel there by foot.

Maria Octaviana and her husband work hard so that their children will not have to give up studying and and so they will have a better future, a better lifestyle and so they will not have to face the difficult situations their parents faced in their youth. Their products are marketed through intermediaries who come to the zone which has a good reputation for quality, cleanliness and their way of working; but as with all cultivations, there is always the risk of plagues and variation in market prices.

Currently Maria Octaviana is requesting help so she can invest in her fields of potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower by buying fertilizer, manure and fumigation sprays to help maintain her products so they are healthy and free of plagues.

Her dream is to be able to improve her home, to buy a piece of land so she can work and cultivate more vegetables; but her priority is to see her children become professionals with a better education and a brighter future for themselves.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Carrie N.

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