A loan of $375 helped to buy coffee plants and to hire day laborers.

Felix's story

Félix, 43, lives with Carmen; they have six children whose ages range between 20 and 3 years. This large family lives in their own house located in the indigenous community of Pachacutec in Chanchamayo Province. Félix is a man who works tirelessly; he has no alternative. His desire to get ahead for his family’s wellbeing is his main motivating factor.

Thus he grows coffee and achiote on his one and a half parcels of farmland. Once harvested, he transports his products to the city of Pichanaki where he sells the fruit at retail in a stand he sets up in the market. “When there is luck, buyers come to Pachacutec and take the merchandise,” Félix mentions, pointing out as one of his inconveniences how tedious it is to have to transport his products to the city.

His wife helps him with his work in addition to caring for the home; she dedicates some of her time to work in the field. His children also contribute their energy to make the work easier; many times the money that would have gone to pay laborers was saved thanks to being able to work with them.

Félix hopes to buy more land to increase production. This would be the first time he gets an MFP loan and he commits to be punctual with his installment payments. “Los Claveles de Pachacutec” (Pachacutec Carnations) is the name of his communal bank. He mentions that he will be constant and participative in the group activities.

Félix is proud that he uses no manure of any kind. Because of that, the money he gets will be used to pay labor costs for staff to clear his fields. In addition, he will buy seedlings to start a new plantation.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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