A loan of $600 helped buy farming supplies for her vegetable crops.

Paula's story

Paula is a hardworking 45-year-old woman. She went to first grade in elementary school but didn't finish it. She has one son who lives under her roof. The three of them are the only ones who are involved in the various farming endeavors that they do. She works in farming in what is known as planting vegetables (potatoes, broccoli, and cauliflower). In addition, at times she plants corn and beans. She learned this profession from her parents, who have been farmers their whole lives.

Her crops are located 5 minutes from her house and she and her family walk there. Her harvest is sold to neighbors and friends and also via distributors that come to the area. However, like every harvest, there are always risks due to disease and price changes.

Currently, she is asking for help so she can invest in her potato crop by buying certified seed, since it is safer, healthier, and cleaner. In this way, she will be able to increase her harvest and obtain a greater income from it.

Her dream is to be able to improve her home, use her income to buy another type of seed so she can grow more vegetables and be able to offer variety to her customers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patrick Bales

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