A loan of $325 helped to buy manure and fertilizers for her potato crops.

Seferian's story

Seferina is a 46-year-old woman and a hard worker. She completed elementary school and is the single mother of three children, two of whom are currently in different grades in elementary school. Her youngest is in kindergarten. Seferina lives with her mother; an elderly woman who is an example to both her and her children as she is a real fighter and has a lot of strength. She helps out with some of the tasks around the house.

Seferina's parents taught her to work the land when she was very young. She enjoys her work and has done so since she was very young. She enjoyed the learning experience. This is the only source of income for Seferina's family right now and it has enabled her to improve herself and get ahead in life. Seferina owns the land that she works, having received it as an inheritance from her parents. It is located 10 meters from her home and both she and her sister work it, maintaining the crops by fertilizing, weeding, etc. Seferina's produce is sold through middlemen who visit the area and to their neighbors. The sisters themselves also travel to a commercial area to sell their produce.

Seferina is currently requesting help to buy manure and fertilizers for her potato crops as this is how she will keep them healthy and safe from pests and bugs. Her plans are to expand her business and grow a variety of produce for her customers. She would like to be able to offer her customers a wider variety of produce. Seferina's dream is to see her children grow up and to raise them with principles and values. She will support them in their studies and with any other goals they set themselves.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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