A loan of $500 helped purchase 2 bags of fertilizer, 5 liters of herbicide, and 1 pound of worm insecticide to cultivate 3,500 square meters of corn. The other part of the loan is to purchase fabric, needles, thread, zippers, fruits, sugar, and skewers for her other businesses..


Helen Patricia's story

Helen is 39 and married with three children between the ages of 4 and 5. She is an enterprising woman and has a clear vision of what she wants. She works in dressmaking and has done so for two years. In addition, she sells candy twists, popsicles, and jelly. She learned this work from her mother and has done so for 9 years. In his free time, her husband grows the basic grains to feed the family.

The materials that she uses for dressmaking are fabric, thread, needles, buttons, and zippers. She purchases these things in the municipality. She needs to leave in the morning from her house to board the bus that takes 20 minutes. She also purchases products such as sugar, fruit skewers for selling the jelly, popsicles, and candy twists.

The loan that she is requesting from the Fundación Campo is to purchase 2 bags of fertilizer, 5 liters of herbicide, and 1 pound of worm insecticide to cultivate 3,500 square meters of corn. The other part of the loan is to purchase fabric, needles, thread, zippers, fruits, sugar, and skewers. These are to improve her business that she has had for several years.

With the loan, she will be able to offer more nourishing food for her family because she can earn a better income, and with the agricultural supplies, she will be able to farm the grains she needs to feed her children.

Helen is thinking about requesting another loan in the future to make a better stocked store with products such as sweets, refreshments, and essential goods. She is also considering purchasing another sewing machine to be able to earn more income and offer a top notch education to her children, thus improving her and her family’s quality of life.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer



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