A loan of $750 helped to purchase compost, foliar sprays and fertilizer for her crops and vegetables.

Suyapa's story

Doña Suyapa is a determined 39 year old woman with a primary school education. She lives with her husband and her large family composed of nine children, four of whom are attending different grades in school in the community. Two of her children, who are 14 and 16 years old, help with different tasks in the fields and the last three are being cared for at home because they are still very young.

She and her family have cultivated potatoes for a long time. Her parents taught her how to cultivate them and also how to sell them at the local market and in surrounding areas. She also cultivates basic grains on a small scale, part of which she sells at the same time, while she keeps the other part for family consumption. The land that she and her husband cultivate is their own, thanks to their many years of work and sacrifice. It is located 20 meters from their home, which enables them to keep their crops well cared for and healthy.

She is currently requesting help to purchase compost, fertilizer and foliar applications in order to provide more and better care for her crops. Thus she will be able to capitalize on the best harvest possible.

Her short term goals are to increase yields so that she can harvest more and generate more income in order to cover the costs of school, food, clothing and medicine for her children’s well being. Her dream is to continue supporting her children’s education so they can graduate and study for good careers at the university in the future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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