A loan of $1,500 helped to buy building supplies.

María Amanda's story

María, 69, is mother of four adult children who have homes of their own. One of them lives in the community, two live in the capital and one is in the United States of America. She completed second grade and at the age of 19 got together with her husband; they were married in the year 2000.

For 20 years they lived in the nation’s capital where she raised her children while her husband worked all those years for an electric energy company. Later, he retired and they returned to the community they came from originally and started working in agriculture and animal husbandry.

Her husband died in the year 2002 of natural causes and today she lives with three grandchildren she cares for and who help her with the agricultural chores in their free time for one of them is employed, the other attends school in the community and the other one is ill and she has to care for him. She gets her husband’s monthly pension and her children are always watching over her.

On her part, since her childhood she grew up doing housework and her parents taught her how to work in the fields (to plant corn, beans, sorghum and agave). She also took care of the cattle at home.

The loan she’s asking for is to buy sand, cement and stone and to pay labor costs because she needs to flatten and pave a street on her property that connects to the main highway as well as to do some other home improvements. She figures she’ll spend $1,000 on this and will use the rest for some pending personal expenses she has.

Her dream is to continue working in agriculture as long as she has strength to do so and to continue motivating her grandchildren to study and to move forward.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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