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Benito
Benito, 40, is married to Marleni, the mother of his 7 children. However, he lives with only 5 of them, and they range from 4 to 18 years of age. This family lives in their own home in the indigenous community of Inchatingari in the district of Perene, in Chanchamayo province.

Benito has worked ever since he was a child. Even at a young age, he was already working cultivating his parent's land, and this is how he learned to farm. He now supports his family working as a farmer. He has been farming for more than 20 years, and over all of this time he has had good times, and has also had to face some bad experiences.

He currently has 4 lots of land in coffee production, and 2 other parcels of land where he is growing citrus fruit, avocados and achiote trees.

He says, "this past year I renewed my coffee farm (put in small plants), and to do this I devoted my time to clearing and fertilizing the land so that they will have healthy growth."

When his fields require no further care, he hires himself out as a farmworker to work on other parcels of land. This way he gets extra income for his daily expenses.

He sells all of his products in the Pichanaki fruit market. Buyers come to this market from various cities, and they pay a fair price for his harvested products.

One of his goals is to renew some of his other crops, because some of his coffee fields are old and their production of beans is diminishing. This loan that he hopes to get will be his 3rd from MFP. As such, he gives his word that he will be punctual with his payments. The thing he likes the most is working with his group, because there he can laugh and converse with his fellow group members. The name of his group is “Productores Inchatingari," and he feels very comfortable being a part of this group. The money from this loan will be used to purchase coffee seeds, sacks of organic fertilizer, and to pay for workers that he will hire to put in the small coffee plants.
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Benito de 40 años está casado con Marleni, la madre de sus 7 hijos, pero solo vive con 5 de ellos cuyas edades varían entre los 18 y 4 años de edad. Esta familia vive en una casa propia en la comunidad nativa Inchatingari, distrito de Perené, provincia de Chanchamayo.
Benito trabaja desde que era un niño. A su corta edad ya trabajaba en los terrenos de cultivos de sus padres, así aprendió sobre la actividad agrícola, con la que actualmente, mantiene a su familia. Lleva más de 20 años en esta actividad y en todo este tiempo tuvo que afrontar buenas y malas experiencias.
Cuenta con 4 lotes de café en producción y 2 parcelas en las que siembra cítricos, paltas y achiote.
“El año pasado renové (sembrar pequeñas plantas) una chacra de café, por eso me dedico a limpiar y abonar el terreno para que crezcan sano”, afirma.
Cuando el trabajo en las chacras no requiere de más cuidados, se dedica a laborar como jornalero en otras parcelas. Así obtiene otros ingresos para sus gastos diarios.
Toda su producción la comercializa en el mercado de frutas Pichanaki, ahí llegan compradores de varias ciudades, quienes pagan un precio justo por sus cosechas.
Uno de sus propósitos es renovar otros cultivos, puesto que, los cafetales ya están viejos y sus producción de granos está disminuyendo. Éste sería su crédito número 3 que espera obtener de MFP. Por eso da su palabra de ser puntual en el pago de las cuotas. EL trabajo en grupo es lo más le gusta, porque puede reírse y conversar con sus compañeros, “Productores Inchatingari”, es el nombre de su banco comunal y se siente cómodo de ser parte de él. Destinará el dinero en la compra de semillas de café, bolsas de abono; y en el pago de los jornaleros quienes sembrarán las pequeñas plantas de café.

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  • $12,000
    Average annual income
  • 122
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  • $57,346,375
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.7
    Peru Nuevos Soles (PEN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $750 helped Benito to buy coffee seeds, sacks of organic fertilizer, and to hire farmworkers.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Pre-Disbursed:
Jan 20, 2012
Listed
Mar 3, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Aug 15, 2012