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Maria
María is a hard-working woman of 53. She is married to Benjamín, age 50, the love of her life. Together they have 6 children, who in search of a better future are studying in Lima, the capital of Peru. Because of this, María lives alone with her husband in the house she inherited from her mother. With emotion, she recalls that since she was very young, she has worked planting corn, gladiolus flowers, and a variety of vegetable crops such as alfalfa, peas and potatoes. Today with the help of her husband, she gets up very early to prepare the food for the day, and later inspect and water the planted fields or also to cut grass to feed the guinea pigs which they raise to sell starting from "gazapos" (little recently weaned guinea pigs) until they are of reproductive age. They sell their products in the city's wholesale market, where they sell an average of 40 to 50 guinea pigs on Thursdays and Sundays, obtaining an average of 15 Peruvian soles of profit for each one. What she likes most about her work is the fact that she has been very persevering, since thanks to this she was able to pay for the education of her children, who are now on professional career tracks. In addition, all of the family members live comfortably. In the future, she would lke to buy a larger number of cows, as well as guinea pigs and other small animals, and to maintain them she will plant some hectares of alfalfa. She belongs to the “Nueva Esperanza” ["New Hope"] communal bank, and this is her tenth loan with MFP. She has peace of mind working with a communal bank she can trust, and she mentions that their savings are very well taken care of. María is beginning to plant peas, and because of this with the money from the loan she is thinking about buying 3 bags of seeds, and to ensure a good harvest she will also buy sacks of organic fertilizer.
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María es una mujer laboriosa de 53 años. Está casada con Benjamín de 50 años, el amor de su vida, ambos tienen 6 hijos quienes en busca de un futuro mejor estudian en Lima, la capital del Perú, por eso ella vive sólo con su pareja en la casa que le heredó su madre. Emocionada relata, que desde muy joven se dedica a la siembra de maíz, flor de gladiolo, variedad de verduras, como: alfalfa, arveja y papa. HOy con ayuda de su esposo, se despiertan muy temprano para tener listo la comida del día, y luego inspeccionar y regar los terrenos sembrados así como también cortar pasto para alimentar los cuyes que crían, ya que estos animales los comercializa desde gazapos (cuyes pequeños recién destetados), hasta reproductores. La comercialización se realiza en el mercado mayorista de la ciudad, en donde vende un promedio de 40 a 50 unidades de cuyes durante los días jueves y domingo, obteniendo un promedio de S/. 15 soles de ganancia por cada uno. Lo que más le gusta de su trabajo es haber sido muy perseverante pues gracias a eso pudo cubrir la educación de sus hijos, quienes ahora cuentan con una carrera profesional, además todos los integrantes de la familia viven cómodamente. Para el futuro desea comprar reses, así como cuyes, entre otros animales menores, y para poder alimentarlos sembrará hectáreas de alfalfa, ya que es una planta que sirve de forraje para estos animales. Ella pertenece al banco comunal “Nueva esperanza”, este es el décimo crédito con MFP, donde manifiesta estar tranquila de trabajar en un banco comunal de confianza. Con el crédito está pensando comprar 3 bolsas de semilla de arverja para su siguiente siembra; y para asegurar una buena cosecha comprará también sacos de abono orgánico.

About Peru

  • $6,715
    Average annual income
  • 64
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    Peru Loans Fundraising
  • $53,967,750
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.8
    Peru Nuevos Soles (PEN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,075 helped Maria to buy 3 bags of pea seeds and sacks of organic fertilizer.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Pre-Disbursed:
Apr 19, 2011
Listed
May 11, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Nov 15, 2011