A loan of $1,500 helped to purchase fertilizer, soil amendments, and fumigation pumps for her potato crops.

Teresa De Jesus's story

Teresa is a determined 32-year-old woman with a primary school-level education. Together with her husband and their four children, she has been able to overcome her limited education thanks to their work growing vegetables (potatoes). She has a great deal of experience in this business, as she learned it more than twelve years ago when she got married; her husband is the one who taught her how to plant and grow vegetables. Her children are all minors; the two older ones are students and help their parents when they get out of school every day.

Teresa and her husband work hard so that their children won't have to quit school and will instead have a better future, a better way of life, and won't face the very difficult situation that they experienced in their youth. Their produce is sold through brokers who come to their area because of their good reputation for quality, hygiene, and work ethic. But, as with every crop, there are always risks, like disease and market price variations.

Currently, Teresa is requesting help so she can to invest in her potato crop by buying fertilizers, soil amendments, and pumps for fumigating her crop to help keep it healthy and free of disease. Her goals are to be able to expand her land so she can grow a lot more and generate more earnings for her family and to reinvest in her business until she has her own capital. Her dream is to be able to cultivate a variety of vegetables so she can offer more to her customers and consumers in the region, thereby earning more income and supporting her children in their educations and in all their dreams and goals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Holly Torpey

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