A loan of $350 helped to buy certified seeds for growing potatoes.

Maria Suyapa's story

María is 43 years old and a mother to five children. She has a partner and completed up to the end of fourth grade at school. With her partner and two oldest children, María works in farming, growing vegetables, corn, beans and potatoes in order to earn income for their respective households. María has been farming since a very early age as her family has a tradition of working the land and her parents taught her how to clean the land and plant the crops. They also showed her the different irrigation systems that should be used for each product. After years of effort, María now owns the land where she works, located across from her house.

María is applying for a loan to buy certified seeds to grow potatoes. With these seeds, the harvest will be better and she will have more confidence in growing them.

María's dreams are for her daughters to finish their secondary education. The are studying faring and this will help to implement new and better techniques for a growing a better and different variety of crops.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw

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