15 years ago, I received a loan from SBDA and they helped with agriculture supplies for my family estate farm of 64 acres. We rare the St. Croix white-hair sheep and many vegetables. Since my parents passed in the 60s, we’ve been taking care of the farm. UVI does research on these particular species of sheep and we do research with UVI and now we harvest cucumbers, avocados, and peppers. Farming is a hard job and we appreciated the loan as we are looking to expand the farm. I like to encourage farmers to participate in loans that are available through SBDA and USVIEDA, Economic Development Bank.