A loan of $1,350 helped to purchase agricultural supplies and pay laborers to help with her rice crop.

Karen Perfecta's story

Karen is 34 years old and married to a construction worker with whom she has two children. Both children live at home, the younger one in primary school and the older one about to graduate from high school. Karen herself completed only the equivalent of junior high and did not continue on to the high school level.

Karen has for the past two years earned a living planting and harvesting rice. She previously grew coffee, but her husband helped her learn to grow rice. Karen rents a plot of land that is 15 kilometers from her home, so she usually goes to work on a bicycle, but sometimes rides in a car. She sells her crop to brokers in the area.

Karen is applying for a loan for the purchase of agricultural supplies such as manure, urea, foliar fertilizers [which plants absorb through leaves], machiner to work the land, and to pay laborers. These investments will help Karen boost her rice yield. She plans to keep investing, expanding her land, increasing her harvest and earning more income so she can provide for her children. Karen also will invest part of her earnings in the purchase of a small plot of land that she can work herself.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Stephen Volante

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