A loan of $200 helped buy 3 bags of fertilizer to fertilize corn, 4 liters of weed-killer to control weeds, 2 containers of insecticide to control infestations of the corn harvest, and to cultivate 3,500 square meters of corn.


Cristabel's story

Cristabel is 40 years old, married, and lives with her three children. They are between the ages of 6 and 15. Currently she is working in agriculture with her two sons who help her work in their free time. Because she has a basic level of education, she has been doing agriculture for 11 years, and she learned when she was a little girl and she would have to leave for lunch to go where her father was working to help him when she could. Besides working in agriculture, Cristabel also raises broiler chickens, but production stopped when she wasn't successful with the litter that was intended for sale because a plague came and all of the chickens died.

The loan she is requesting from Fundación Campo is to buy 3 bags of fertilizer to fertilize the corn, 4 liters of weed-killer to control the weeds and 2 containers of insecticide to control infestations in the corn and to cultivate 3,500 square meters of corn. All of this so that her harvest is in good nutritional condition, cleaning, and pest control.

Cristabel also uses a combination of chemical products and organic products like manure that will be mixed with the chemical fertilizer. The manure that she uses is what the chicken discard, so she gets better results in the production of staple grains.

With the harvest, Cristabel will improve her diet as it will support the purchase of agricultural supplies that will help the farming and produce grains for her children's diets. She will also have extra income to cover her children's needs.

Cristabel wishes to establish a farm for laying hens in the near future with suitable installations to have a production. She also dreams of seeing her children graduating from the university and that they will have a better life.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Victoria Estrada



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