A loan of $425 helped to purchase fertilizer and pumps to fumigate her potato crops.

Maria Expectacion's story

Maria is 58 years old and single. She is a real fighter. She completed her primary education. She has three children, two of whom are married adults who live in their own homes, and her youngest daughter, who is in secondary school and lives with her. She helps her mother with different household chores and tasks. She has a lot of experience growing vegetables (potatoes). She has been farming for a long time. Her parents taught her the trade when she was very young, so it has been her family's source of income for many years. Her crops are located 100 meters from her home, which allows her to see to them. Her only help is her daughter, and occasionally her older children, since they also make a living as farmers. Her product is sold through local distributors, neighbors, and relatives. Like with any crops, there is always some risk involved due to pests and price fluctuations in the market.

Currently María is requesting help in order to invest in her potato crops. She will buy fertilizers and pumps to fumigate her product in order to help keep it healthy and clear of pests.

Her goal is to grow a variety of products to offer her customers, so that they can have more purchasing options. This would allow her to generate more income for her family and invest in her crops in order to work with her own capital. Her dream is to see her daughter graduate from university and obtain a useful degree so she may take charge of her land and, eventually, manage the business and create employment.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mariana Sanchis

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