A loan of $1,100 helped to purchase fertilizers and to pay for irrigation.

Teofila's story

Teofila is a very hard-working woman. She has an optimistic spirit and above all is humble. She is the mother of 9, who she has brought up alone since the father of her children abandoned her and she became father and mother to the kids. Her home is located in the city of Nazca, which is known for having a very warm climate. In addition, the town of Nazca is known for its "Lines of Nazca" which are hieroglyphics that can be found in the middle of a large arid field and that, according to experts, were used as an astronomical calendar employed to determine when the rainy season would arrive. When Teofila has free time she likes to watch television, especially Latin American soap operas (telenovelas). She also likes to prepare one of her favorite dishes for her family, which is the delicious "Frijoles con Carne" or "Beef and Beans." Due to the limited economic resources of her parents, she was only able to complete primary school, but she would very much have liked to finish high school.

With much dedication Teofila works in her business as a farmer. She has a parcel of "tuna," which is a fruit that grows on a species of cactus and is very delicious. Also on those same plants there is the "cochinilla" which is a small insect that is used for making diverse weaving fabrics, as well as to give color to foods. She works around 7 hours daily, since she always has to check her crops. She believes that things are going well for her because she is very dedicated.

Teofila is very thankful for the Kiva lenders since this is the second time that they have offered their valuable help and thanks to the help given, and more than anything thanks to the trust shown, she will be able to care for her crop which includes providing fertilizers, irrigation, weeding, among other things. In this way she will be able to have a better harvest and above all increase her income in order to continue working day by day to make her great dream a reality: "To be a great farmer."

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Debra McMahon

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