A loan of $325 helped buy farming supplies so she can grow carrots.


Maria Isabel's story

Maria Isabel has a first-grade education and wasn't able to finish school because her family couldn't afford it. In addition, her parents come from humble backgrounds. She has a son who is her only support in helping her do the many jobs that come with farming and taking care of her crops. He has finished one grade of primary school. Maria is a farmer and was taught to farm carrots by her parents. She has been farming for more than 20 years and it has been her means of paying for her daily expenses. In addition, at a very young age, she learned how to work pottery from her parents. They sold the pottery that they made at a market 20 kilometers from their house and got it there by bus.

Maria's goals include improving her quality of life and increasing the scope of her farming so she can grow different crops, attract more customers, and thus earn more income. She also wants to increase her son's inheritance as her only partner in her farming. Maria Isabel is asking for financial help so she can buy farming supplies and grow carrots. In this way, she will be able to obtain a healthy, large harvest.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patrick Bales



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