A loan of $1,050 helped to purchase certified potato seeds so she can plant her crops.


Maria Santos's story

Maria is a determined 47-year-old woman who completed primary schooling up to second grade. She is a widow as her husband died in a car accident, leaving her with six children, two of them underage and in primary school but in different grades. The eldest, a daughter, works at a military center in the area, two of her other children work where she lives, and her other daughter works as a chef.

Maria has made a living by planting vegetables (potatoes, broccoli, and cauliflower) for more than 25 years. She learnt how to do this from her husband, to whom she is grateful for the enormous effort with which he worked up until his last day of life. Her produce is sold through intermediaries who come to the area for its great reputation for quality, hygiene, and work methods, but as with all crops there are still risks, such as plagues and price variation in the market.

She is currently requesting help in order to invest in planting potatoes through purchasing certified seed, since it is safer, more hygienic, and cleaner. By doing this, she will be able to increase her crops and obtain a better profit from her crops.

Her dream is to be able to buy a plot of land in order to build a home for her children and to cultivate a greater variety of produce to offer to her customers, since in this way she will be able to increase her revenue and help her children with their studies so they can graduate at university level.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eloise Minogue



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