A loan of $375 helped to buy 15 sacks of organic fertilizers.

Elizabeth's story

Elizabeth is 26 years old and single. She is a hard-working woman who lives with her mom, 52 year-old Abelarda, and her dad, 54 year-old Abraham. She loves and looks after her parents in their own home which is located in the village of Cumutay.

Since she was 20 years old, Elizabeth has been working as a farmer. Her main crops are potatoes and peas. What she most likes about her work is being able to look after her calf while she clears away the weeds that grow between her crops. What Elizabeth does not like are the seasons when farmers grow a large quantity of vegetables because they flood the market and she can't make good profits. In this season she is leaving her pea crop to dry. She will convert it into seed and will sell sacks of pea seed at a higher price in the central market in Tarma which will allow her to stabilize her finances.

With all the good decisions that she has made, Elizabeth is thinking of opening a restaurant in her area because there isn't one at present.

This is Elizabeth's eighth loan with MFP and, as a young woman, she assures us that her community bank plays a predominant role in her life since it helps her to grow and set herself new goals. Elizabeth will use this loan to buy 15 sacks of organic fertilizer which cost around 100 Peruvian soles a sack.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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