A loan of $800 helped to buy fertilizer and weed killers, pay for labor, and plant nearly two acres of squash.

Xiomara Yamileth's story

Xiomara, who is 34 years old, went to school up to the ninth grade. She dropped out because her parents separated. She lived only with her mother and for financial reasons she didn't stay in school. She is married and has two children. The kids go to school and her husband works farming and in construction. No one else lives with her.

Xiomara has been working as a seamstress for fifteen years, since her mother struggled to send her to a dressmaking course when she dropped out of school. That is how she learned the trade. She also works farming alongside her husband. They grow corn and squash. In order to get to their workplace, they must walk 25 minutes, which is why they get up at 4:30 am to get ready and head to work. They work for six hours and then return to tend to their home and the sewing shop.

The loan will be invested in planting nearly two acres of squash. She will buy two sacks of fertilizer, two liters of herbicide, six liters of foliar pesticide, and pay for plowing and labor.

Her dream is for her children to graduate from college, because she didn't have that opportunity. She also dreams about setting up her own sewing shop, where she could make outfits and go out to sell them in the market. She would also like to have a brick home, since her current home is adobe. She expects to use her profits to pay off the loan so that the doors of the organization are open to her.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mariana Sanchis

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