A loan of $500 helped purchase agricultural supplies and plant new products.


Benicia's story

Ms. Benicia is 32 years old. In addition to being the mother of four children, she is also a farmer, a homemaker, and a business woman. She runs a small convenience store out of her home where she works every day. Her customers are people who come to pick up basic supplies for their home use. She, along with her husband, work for the well being of their family now that they are the only ones involved in working their land. They use the land to grow beans and potatoes; these crops are located on the same property where they live. She inherited the land through her parents and with a few years of experience, she and her husband have been able to give it the care it needs to keep it free of bugs, among other things.

Their plans and goals for the future are to grow greater production, which will improve both their income as well as the well being and future of their children. She plans to plant a variety of vegetables which she will sell to friends and neighbors and other customers at her store, as well as larger purchasers and middlemen that come to the area. She is requesting this financing through the COMIXMUL cooperative, which she will use to inject capital into her farming by acquiring fertilizer, herbicides, pesticides, and other supplies for growing cauliflower, broccoli, and others new crops.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Shannon Skoglund



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