Panfilo arrived in 1983. He came from the Ayopaya province in the San Cristobal community, Cochabamba department. He came looking for better work opportunities in order to get his family ahead and improve their standard of living.
In the first years Panfilo worked as a farm worker. Later, he followed other people who had agricultural land. Little by little he was saving to buy his own agricultural land.
He now has five children. Two are boys, and they help their father with the daily work. They produce palm hearts and citrus. He is also planning on planting other crops in order to be able to get ahead.
They are asking us for the loan to be able to establish a neighborhood store for his wife. This is to be able to count on some extra income.
EL SEÑOR PANFILO LLEGO EL AÑO 1983 DE LA PROVINCIA AYOPAYA, COMUNIDAD SAN CRISTOBAL DEL DEPARTAMENTO DE COCHABAMBA, EN BUSCA DE MEJORES OPORTUNIDADES DE TRABAJO, PARA PODER SACAR ADELANTE A SU FAMIL.IA Y MEJORAR SU NIVEL DE VIDA. EL SEÑOR PAMFILO EN LOS PRIMEROS AÑOS TRABAJO COMO PEON, POSTERIORMENTE FUE PARTIDARIO DE OTRAS PERSONAS QUE TENIAN LOTE AGRICOLA, POCO A POCO FUE AHORRANDO PARA COMPRARSE SU PROPIO TERRENO AGRICOLA, ACTUALMENTE EL SEÑOR TIENE CINCO HIJOS DE LOS CUALES SON DOS VARONES, LOS CUALES AYUDAN A SU PADRE EN SU LABOR DE DIARIO, ELLOS PRODUCEN PALMITO Y CITRICOS, PERO TAMBIEN PIENSAN COLOCAR OTROS CULTIVOS PARA PODER SEGUIR ADELANTE. ELLOS NOS PIDEN EL CREDITO PARA PODER PONER UNA TIENDA DE BARRIO PARA SU ESPOSA PARA PODER CONTAR CON ALGUNOS INGRESOS EXTRAS.
CIDRE is a Bolivian microfinance institution with a strong social commitment to the community. It works to provide quality financial services to rural and peri-urban borrowers, focusing primarily on agricultural loans for dairy farmers and micro-enterprises. CIDRE targets segments of the population that have not traditionally had access to credit, and invests in much-needed community development projects. It is currently working with coca farmers in the Chapare region to replace coca with less controversial crops. Get more involved by joining the Friends of CIDRE lending team.