A loan of $1,050 helped to purchase compost and other supplies for her plantain trees.

Fidelina's story

Fidelina is a hardworking, 57-year-old woman. She's been happily married for over 30 years, and from her marriage she has four children, two of whom are adults and two are underage. The underage children attend different grades in elementary school and depend on her. Her daughter-in-law lives under her roof; she doesn't have any children yet and she helps with domestic chores and other daily household activities. Fidelina has an incomplete elementary school level education. She studied up to the second grade and couldn't go on due to a lack of financial support, since her parents have a low income. They were the ones who taught her to work in agriculture from a very young age. She grows plantains, a business that has been the only source of income for her family for several years and still is to this day. She owns the land where she works, thanks to the years of efforts from herself and her husband. Her produce is sold in grocery stores in the area where she lives, in villages near that community and other locations, since her crops are high quality and have good size. Her crops are located three kilometers from her home, and they ride animals to get there. Her husband and two of her children are involved in maintaining and nurturing the crops.

She's currently requesting support to purchase compost and other supplies in order to keep her produce healthy and safe from any pests or diseases that may damage the crop.

Her goal is to own a large plantain farm that is the best one in the area. That way she'll be able to turn a profit and start a new project such as a coffee crop. The area is suitable for that because of the weather and the healthy, fertile soil. Her dream is to be able to have her two younger children graduate from college and keep the business going so that it will grow more prosperous and be handed down from generation to generation.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Renata Wolff

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