A loan of $1,050 helped to buy certified seeds for her corn, bean and rice crops.

Nelly's story

Nelly, 36 years old, is a plucky and enterprising woman with a lot of strength and desire to move ahead in life. She is married and has five children, all of whom are dependent on Nelly as they are at various stages in their education. Nelly herself completed primary school bu could not continue to secondary school due to a lack of financial help from her parents, who had very little money. It was Nelly's parents who, from a very young age, taught her agriculture and how to grow basic grains such as rice, corn and beans. With her husband and her children (after they have finished school), the family go out to clean and shell the crops at a young age. Nelly does not own the land she works, but rents it. This leaves her with a lower profit on the final product at every harvest. She sells her products in the local area and sells more at the weekends. She takes advantage of the markets and also the area around her home, selling to neighbours and in the adjoining areas.

Nelly is currently applying for help to buy certified seeds in order to grow a little more on the land that she and her husband rent. She wants to take full advantage of the free space and use it up.

Nelly's goal is, in time, to buy a plot of land that will allow her to grow her crops on her own. The work is hard and sometimes risky because of natural disasters or plagues the damage the crops, but they still always have to pay rent for the land. Nelly's dream is to educate her children so that they have a better quality of life, a higher income in the future and so that they do not have to face the same challenges and obstacles she did in her youth, as agricultural work is difficult and tiring.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw

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