A loan of $1,125 helped to buy bags of organic fertilizer and three bags of pea seeds.

Margarita's story

Margarita, age 40, is married to Fernando, and they have four children. They live in their own house in the rural community of Santa Clara in the Huasahuasi district. Margarita is a strong and intelligent woman.

She has been farming for 12 years. She grows potatoes and peas in large quantities. After each harvest she sells them in the central market in the city of Tarma. But during the agricultural seasons she travels constantly to the city of Lima in order to sell her production. She gets greater income there.

She likes working in the fields in spite of the cold and how tired it usually makes her. Even though there are losses, she asserts that everything depends upon how the plants are tended to or cared for.

She also has five cows that she cares for with great dedication because they supply milk. She uses the milk to make cheese that she sells to small businessmen. The small businessmen take the cheese to the city of Tarma fairs, which are held on Thursdays and Sundays. Both business activities are going very well for her. One of her priorities now is to acquire more land for planting peas.

She belongs to the “Trabajemos Unidos” (Let’s Work Together) communal bank. This is her tenth loan with MFP. She is happy to be part of one of the most outstanding communal banks in her district.

Margarita will use the loan to buy bags of organic fertilizer and three bags of pea seeds.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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