A loan of $400 helped to buy agricultural supplies.

Felicitas's story

Felicitas, 60, has a spouse and six children. She lives with her six children and currently works in agriculture and in commerce. Thirty years ago she’d take her father his lunch to the place where he was working and this is how she learned how working the crops was done; she also worked selling relics and vegetables in the market. Fifteen years ago she watched her sister selling fish in the market and that’s when she got the idea of buying pigs, fattening them up and selling them. She gradually grew and then started selling relics and vegetables, the business she currently has.

She buys the supplies like fertilizer, herbicide and insecticide in the city. She transports the supplies by bus and the trip to the entrance of her settlement takes on average 30 minutes. From there her life companion and her sons have to transport them carrying the sacks of fertilizer on their backs.

The loan she’s asking Fundación Campo for is to buy four quintals of fertilizer, four liters of herbicide and one can of insecticide; she will use the rest to buy vegetables like for example 2 sacks of green beans, one box of tomatoes and one sack of onions.

She will be supported with the loan so that she can buy the supplies she will need to cultivate 7,000 square meters of corn so that she can keep her crop in good condition for better and more abundant basic grins production; she will also invest a bit more in her small vegetable stand she has in the market.

Also, she will improve her nutrition because she will be helped to buy agricultural supplies so she and her spouse can work in agriculture and get the basic grains needed for their children’s food while also earning higher income from the sale of vegetables and thus be able to cover their children’s needs.

She wants to remodel her house so that it will be prettier and to live in better conditions; she also wants to continue cultivating the land like she’s been doing for a very long time.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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