Juan is 53 years old. He lives in the district of Las Lomas in northern Peru. Las Lomas is a semi-tropical zone just a few hours away from the coastal desert in the province of Piura. It is primarily populated by small farmers and ranchers. Many residents own small fruit plantations or raise animals. Juan owns his home. He shares it with his wife and their four children.
Juan owns 2 hectares of land in the region on which he grows crops. He has a portion planted in rice, another portion with mature mango trees and another in maracuya (a local fruit somewhat similar to the pomegranate that grows on a vine). He harvests the fruits regularly, selling them in local markets, to wholesalers or to local factories. In addition to the farming activities, Juan and his wife raise animals in corrals behind their home. They raise the animals for their meat and sell them in local markets once they reach the appropriate size. The animals' meat serves an important role in the nutrition of the local population and in the cultural traditions of Peru.
The loan will be used to purchase additional fertilizer and pesticides for his crops. He expects that the investment will improve the health and production of his fields, thus improving the family’s income. He hopes to be able to continue to make improvements to their home and provide his children with opportunities off the farm.