A loan of $200 helped buy materials and labor for farming.

Marta Lilian's story

Marta, 39 years old, is married. She can neither read nor write. Her husband is a bricklayer and she is a homemaker. They have two children together: one five-year-old son and a sixteen-year-old daughter who is in eighth grade. The children do not currently work, but are full-time students. The distance from their home to their corn plantation is about two kilometers, or a thirty minute walk.

Marta learned how to grow corn from her parents when she was a very young child and has a great deal of experience. As she lives in the country, growing corn is the most viable crop in the winter to maintain the family. Apart from farming, she takes care of the household chores. She and her husband take care of the crops together. Their working schedule is not fixed; they may go in the morning or in the afternoon.

The loan that she is seeking through Fundación Campo (Countryside Foundation) is to buy agricultural supplies, including fertilizer and labor expenses. For her family, this will mean greater availability of food and less vulnerability to disease.

Marta dreams of a better life for her husband and children, of making a decent home for her children, and of them growing up to be people of means, finishing their university studies, and becoming professionals. She hopes to achieve all of this with the help of God and sacrifice from herself and her husband.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Shannon Skoglund

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