A loan of $575 helped to buy compost.

Betty's story

Betty is 25 years old and lives with her husband of five years, Noe. They have two children, ages 8 and 3. They live in their partially completed home and are hoping to finish it soon. She has been raising potatoes for four years (tubers), also corn, and peas, with her father’s help. He taught her to farm, work the land, and do all that is necessary for farming. She built half of her house with the proceeds from the sale of her potatoes, and she expects the next harvest to be more productive and earn what she needs to build the other half. She says that she began working a short time ago as a health promoter for the state, looking for malnourished children in her area. She earns extra money.

She also raises livestock such as pigs, donkeys, and rams, which she later sells in the central market in town. Betty would like to plant in greater quantity in the future so she can become independent. She also plans to open a grocery store to help generate more financial resources. She is a member of the “Santa Cruz de Tapo” communal bank and this will be her fourth Kiva loan, where she has shown to be responsible and pays on time. Betty will use the money to buy compost to feed her crops.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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