A loan of $1,200 helped to buy compost and fertilizers and pay for the labor needed to prepare her land for cultivation.

Celsa Dinora's story

Celsa is 51 years old and has a son. From a young age, she started helping her mother with the household chores. She also helped his father by bringing him the food to his workplace. Since it was a big family with few economic resources, she could not study and had to quit after a few basic courses. With time, she got married and had a son. Her life partner travelled to the United States and for a while was making sure they received some support. However, she has not heard from him for two years, only that he met another woman in the United States.

Her son, who is 16, is a student. During the weekends he works in agriculture and other activities in order to receive some income for the family. She works in agriculture with the help of her son and day laborers that she hires. With a lot of effort, she has managed to help her only son to get ahead. She has been doing this since she was very young. When she got married, her husband helped her to take care of 7,000 m2 planted with corn. She always hires laborers. Her plantations are located 1 km away from her house.

She will use the loan to buy agricultural supplies such as compost and fertilizer and to pay for the labor needed to prepare the land for the crops. She hopes to improve the plantations in order to have a more abundant harvest. In the future, she wants to see her son get ahead and pay for his studies, including the university if possible. With the loans she has received and with her hard work she will reach this goal. She will invest her profits in her son and to cover the family’s daily expenses.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Santiago Mejía Dugand

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