A loan of $1,325 helped to buy agricultural inputs such as manure and other fertilizers for her coffee and vegetable crops.

Rigoberta's story

Rigoberta is 34 years old and is a single mother with two children who depend on her for everything. Her children have finished primary school, and they help her with different activities in the fields that Rigoberta does daily with her brother. Rigoberta completed one grade of primary education – which she was able to do thanks to her parents’ effort, dedication and support – but she was not able to continue her studies because of a lack of economic resources. She has a lot of experience working in agriculture, since her parents taught her from a very young age how to work the land and where to grow vegetables and coffee. She sells her crops to different buyers who come to the area where she lives, as well as directly to grocery stores in urban areas. Her crops are located two kilometers from her house, and she travels to them each day on foot to care for them so she can prevent damage to her harvest.

Today Rigoberta is requesting a loan to buy agricultural inputs such as manure and other fertilizers to maintain her crops. With this loan she will be able to protect her coffee and vegetable crops against insects and other pests.

Rigoberta’s dream is to continue improving her crops so that she can increase the size, variety and quality of her harvests. She says that her children are her greatest priority – especially their studies – but also all of the other things that come up daily that her family needs or that can improve their quality of life.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Graham Robinson

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