A loan of $375 helped to buy organic fertilizer.

Elena's story

Elena, 44, is a kind, hard-working woman who is married to Fermín, and they have three children, ages 18, 15 and 2. They all live together in their own house. Elena grows bananas and cocoa, among other crops, on land that every planting season she treats with organic fertilizer and cleans in order to irrigate the fields. She has been in business for ten years and hires workers to help out on specific dates. When she began her farming activity she used to rent the land and most of her profit would go to the land owner. But over time she was able to buy her own land and now things are going much better. She sells her produce in the nearest city.

She really enjoys her work because she can schedule her own time and earn a good profit with her produce. This is her first Kiva loan and she is grateful for the financial support. This will help her continue prospering, and therefore she is committed to paying back the loan on time.

Elena will use the 1,000 PEN to buy organic fertilizer and seeds to start planting.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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