Joining the new generation of small-scale American farmers

This is the second story in our series spotlighting U.S. businesses in celebration of Independence Day. 

Farming is fraught with challenges — erratic weather patterns and invasive pests can damage crops, sudden outbreaks of disease can kill off livestock. New farmers are particularly vulnerable because the learning curve is steep and unforgiving.

For New England-native Erica Frenay, the risks were worth it...

Read about Erica's story at Kiva's Medium page.

About the author

Crystal Chandy

Crystal holds a BSc in Finance and Marketing from New York University and recently obtained her Master’s from the London School of Economics and National University of Singapore.  She spent six years in project and financial management in the private sector. She then spent time teaching English in Chile and building shallow irrigation wells in Malawi. Crystal is excited to intern with Kiva and apply her background and skills to affecting positive change. She also enjoys traveling, hiking and great meals.