A loan of $1,000 helped to buy manure, weed killer, pesticide and seeds for 10.500 square metres of corn and 3,500 square metres of sesame.


Zoila Marina's story

Zoila, who is 48, is the single mother of two children. She is an enterprising woman who is determined to succeed. She has grown corn and sesame for a number of years, having learned her trade from her parents who were farmers all their lives and who instilled in her the desire to continue farming the land. In her spare time, she also does her housework. She buys seeds and all her agricultural supplies in a city which is about 2km from where she lives. She transports all her materials back home by bus. The loan which she is seeking from Fundación Campo will be used to buy manure, weed killer, pesticide and seeds for 10.500 square metres of corn and 3,500 square metres of sesame. She expects the harvest to earn her a good income which she hopes to use to improve her living conditions Her dream is to improve her home, and other plans include buying more cattle and, of course, using income from the harvest to pay back her loan so as to be eligible for further ones.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Janice Crossfield



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