A loan of $1,050 helped to buy manure and fertiliser for her vegetable crops.

Virgilia's story

Virgilia is a 39-year-old married woman with 3 children, of whom two are minors and the eldest is at primary school. She, herself, in spite of only having been educated to fifth grade at primary school, is a fighter. It was her parents who taught her how to work the land (growing vegetables) when she was still very young. She very much enjoys her work, having taken a liking to it at an early age, and is pleased with the experience she has gained. She does not, however, only work in agriculture; she also sells her produce (in particular the coffee which grows in abundance and safety throughout the region where the land and atmosphere are ideal for growing crops). She sells her produce through intermediaries who visit the region, as well as to neighbours and to others at the trading area which they travel to. The land which she and her partner farm is 16 kilometres away, which means a daily journey to carry out the necessary checks and maintenance tasks such as: cleaning, pruning and applying fertiliser and manure. Virgilia is seeking this loan to buy manure and fertiliser to protect her potato crops from pests and bugs. She plans to extend the land she farms so as to boost production and to make improvements to her home to provide better and more comfortable living conditions for her children. Her ambition is to see her children receive a university education which will enable them to become successful men and women.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Janice Crossfield

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