A loan of $525 helped buy seeds certified for growing potatoes.

Arcadia's story

Arcadia is a 44-year-old woman who is of a hardworking age. She has a 1st grade education and only went to elementary school until 2nd grade. She is with her husband and their large family of 15 children, 6 of whom are young and dependent on her. Together, they have been able to get by thanks to her work growing vegetables (potatoes, brocoli, and cauliflower). She has a large amount of experience in this area because she learned it from her parents more than 26 years ago when she was young and has also learned from her husband. Arcadia and her husband work hard so that their children won't have to quit school and will have a better future and quality of life. In addition, they don't want their children to have to experience the difficult childhood that they experienced. She sells her goods by means of middlemen who come to their area and are of good reputation in terms of quality, food cleanliness, and their way of working. However, like all farming there are always risks such as disease and changing prices in the market.

She is asking for a loan to spend on planting her potato crop. She will buy certified seeds, since it is more secure, safe, and clean. In this way, she will be able to increase her harvest and obtain better profits.

Her dream is to improve her house and buy another type of seeds with the profits in order to be able to plant more vegetables and thereby be able to offer a larger variety to her customers in terms of buying and selling. Her greatest priority, however, is to see her children become professionals and have a better education and future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patrick Bales

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