A loan of $500 helped to buy 6 bags of manure and one liter of weed killer, which will help her a lot as now they are growing more to help get ahead in life with her children.

Margarita Del Carmen's story

Margarita is 44 years old and studied to the 9th grade, she is a single mother who separated from her husband due to personal problems.

Margarita spends her time performing household chores, but she also works in agriculture. When she gets backs from the fields, she tends to a few chickens that she owns. From a very young age Margarita's father showed her the ropes in the field of farming as her family had to work hard to gain their daily bread and they helped her father in his work. This was of great use as she now works in agriculture. Margarita also makes corn tamales, going to sell them in the afternoon, she has been selling tamales for almost fourteen years to date.

With the previous loan she bought agricultural supplies and the plot of land when she would have grown this year, an opportunity arose in which a cousin gave her a plot of land so that together with her children they could tend to the crop to get more harvests and therein she would have what she needed to look after herself. With this loan, however, she will buy the agricultural supplies for this new plot of land; she will buy 6 bags of fertilizer and a liter of weed killer which will help her a lot as they are now growing more to get ahead in life with their children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Severine

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