A loan of $225 helped to buy gas, fertilizers and manure.

Ileana's story

Ileana is from the community of San Lorenzo, on the outskirts of Boaco. She is the mother of five children, only one of whom is in school. Ileana is a farmer who has been growing chilis for 20 years. She started the business together with her husband who also works growing tomatoes, chiltoma peppers and corn. Their children also carry out this work.

Ileana is currently growing chilis for export. She has been focusing on this particular crop for 2 years. One of the things she most enjoys about her work is learning new growing techniques which help her to improve her product. When she is not farming, Ileana sells milk.

Ileana is requesting this loan to buy gas for her irrigation pump. She will also buy fertilizers and manure for her chili crops. One of her future plans is to expand the area of land on which she grows her chilis.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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