A loan of $1,100 helped to produce forest plants.

Rosa María's story

Rosa is a 49-year-old married woman who lives in Sololá. She has four children: one son, who is working with her husband, Marcelo, to help him with his business, and three daughters. One of her daughters is already married and the other two are studying at the local school.

Rosa and her husband make a living producing forest trees. She learned about this business when she was working with the government to reforest various areas of the region. She has fifteen years of experience and she is helping the environment by selling trees from the region, from which she is able to earn an acceptable income.

She has applied for a loan of 8,500 Guatemalan quetzals, which will help her husband to buy organic fertilizer and supplies to plant the forest trees, because she would like to offer a greater variety of plants to vendors, thereby earning a better income.

She dreams of having another area to produce more forest tree plants, in order to earn a higher income and to provide the trees to more organizations which contribute to the environment.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Volz

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