A loan of $925 helped to buy pea seeds and bags of fertilizer.

Alicia's story

Alicia, 44, lives with her three children, ages 22, 18, and 16. She has been separated from their father for three years; even so, she feels better. She lives with her parents, ages 86 and 84, in their home, and takes care of them selflessly.

Her principal job is selling small animals, specifically guinea pigs, which she raises for four months and sells in the city of Lima. "Yes, this business is good for me, because I sell each guinea pig for 20 or 25 PEN, and every two weeks I take 50 guinea pigs," she explains.

She also buys cheese and honey and sells them in the capital. In addition, she has plots of farmland where she grows peas, corn, and gladiolus.

Alicia considers her main problem to be poor time management, which previously caused her to neglect her crops. The lack of workers to work her crops is another problem she has resolved over time.

She hopes to be able to build a house of fine wood in the future, thanks to her savings and the tireless work she does every day. Alicia has worked with MFP and her communal bank, Nueva Esperanza, for 13 loan cycles. She feels comfortable working with neighbors and family members because of the warm family environment they formed in all this time.

With the money from the loan, Alicia will be able to buy pea seeds and bags of fertilizer to plant in this new season. She calculates that it will cost her from 2000 to 3000 PEN, including the payment to workers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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