A loan of $500 helped to buy manure and fertilisers and to pay rent on the land where she grows corn and beans.


María Félix's story

Maria, 57, is single and has 8 children, three of whom live with her and are aged 19, 13, and 7. Her family is made up of three sisters who work together to succeed as they come from a humble family. Previously, she rented a house with her mother for somewhere to live, as her father abandoned them when they were very young. This is how, alongside her mother, she began growing corn, beans and millet. She also made sleeping mats and, because of their poverty she learned to make chicken, pork and bread tamales to sell in their community. Aged 15 she started a relationship and had 8 children, but her partner left her and the children. She has had to work hard to feed them. Her children support her a lot and with hard work they have bought some land to build a house near to town. She owns pigs that are ready to be slaughtered and 15 years ago she set up a small shop, which gives them lots of income and she always grows corn and beans. She gets the merchandise for her shop, such as agricultural supplies in the city, which is half an hour drive from her home in a private car as there is no public transport where she lives. The loan she is requesting, is to buy manure, fertilisers and to pay for the rent on the land where she grows corn and beans. With this investment she will buy seasonal supplies in the right quantities to acquire a good harvest so that she can be sure of feeding her family. With the income she wants to save in orders to make some repairs to their home and in future to buy a vehicle so she can sell to remote neighbourhoods.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sara Godwin



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