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Bertha
Bertha, age 46, is a hard-working woman. She lives with Andrés, age 60, and they have six minor children. She is raising the children in her own house, which is in the indigenous community of Pumpuriani.

Since she was a girl she has been working in the noble agricultural trade. Being able to feed the population is very dependent upon her work and the productivity of the land. Twenty years ago, thanks to her effort and her savings, she was able to get land for crops. She started growing coffee, bananas, and avocados. After giving them the necessary care she sold them to her customers that visit her.

However, the avocado crop gives Bertha the greatest income. She is the only one in her area that grows this crop. She sells them in great quantities to merchants throughout the country.

What she likes the best is burning her fields after the harvest. (This removes the old growth to make way for new plantings.) That way there will be new harvests. Later, she is planning to open a small, much needed grocery store in her community.

This is her fifth loan with MFP. She is very enthusiastic about the results she has received. With the support and the trainings she will be able to achieve her objectives. Bertha plans to use the loan to hire workers to help her clear the weeds from her coffee crops. The coffee will be harvested within three months.
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Bertha, es una mujer trabajadora de 46 años, que vive con Andrés de 60 años, con quien tiene 6 hijos menores; a los que cuida y educa en su casa propia ubicada en la comunidad nativa de Pumpuriani. Desde niña se dedica al noble oficio de la agricultura, ya que depende mucho de su trabajo que la tierra de frutos para poder alimentar a la población. Hace 20 años que; gracias a su esfuerzo y ahorro pudo adquirir terrenos de cultivo en los cuales comenzó a sembrar café, plátano y palta, los que después de brindarle el cuidado necesario los comercializa a sus clientes que visitan en su localidad. Sin embargo la siembra de palta le da mayor ingreso a Bertha, ya que es la única en su localidad que siembra ese producto y los comercializa en grandes cantidades a los comercializadores de todo el país. La actividad que más le gusta a ella es rozar (quemar los terrenos de cultivo, para sembrar unos nuevos), ya que con ello vendrán nuevas cosechas. Más adelante está planeando abrir una pequeña tienda de comestibles que mucha falta hace en su comunidad. Este es el quinto crédito con MFP, y está muy entusiasta con los resultados obtenidos, ya que con su apoyo y capacitación podrá lograr sus objetivos. Bertha, tiene pensado invertir con el crédito, en contratar operarios, que le ayuden a limpiar la maleza de sus plantaciones de café, que dentro de 3 meses cosechará.

About Peru

  • $12,000
    Average annual income
  • 125
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  • $57,346,375
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.8
    Peru Nuevos Soles (PEN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $725 helped Bertha hire workers to help clear the weeds.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Pre-Disbursed:
Sep 27, 2010
Listed
Oct 22, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Jun 15, 2011