A loan of $600 helped to pay for agricultural supplies such as compost and fertilizers, to pay for laborers, and to prepare the land to grow corn.

Adela's story

Adela is a 61 year old widow with 6 children. She belongs to a large family where her mother and her other sisters were in charge of taking food to her brothers and father who were working in the fields and sometimes they had to help out when there was too much work and her brothers could not cope.

She got married when she was twenty and had six children and with a lot of effort and hard work she and her husband provided schooling for the children and one was able to obtain a 9th grade education, but the others could not because they worked in the fields. Two of them emigrated to the United States because of armed conflict forming their own families there while her other four stayed at home and over time started their own families. The youngest is the only one still with her and he helps her with the farming chores and caring for the animals. Her husband died four years ago and she took over the responsibility of the home.

She works growing corn on 14,000 square meters of corn, working alongside her youngest son and aways paying laborers to finish the work. She has been doing this for many years since her husband was alive. The work is a mile from her house and it takes her several minutes as there is no transport to the place. Her son always helps her work on the slopes.

She will use the loan to buy more agricultural supplies such as compost and fertilizers, and to pay laborers, and to prepare the land for cultivation. She hopes to favor the corn crops so that at harvest time she will have a better harvest and higher income for herself and her family.

She hopes in the future to help her youngest son giving him the opportunity of working and in addition to buy land of his own to work.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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