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Bertha
Bertha, age 39, is in a common-law relationship with Alfredo. They have five children, but only three of them (ages 16, 14, and 10) live at home. This family lives in a basic house of their own which is located in an indigenous community in the central jungle. Bertha is a conscientious woman. After she had her first child (which was 18 years ago), Bertha began working in the fields alongside her partner. They grow star fruit, bananas, and coffee. Their farmland is scattered in different places. They only grow fruit within their community, but the coffee is cultivated in areas with higher elevation. “Growing coffee requires great sacrifice and more investment, but the profits are much better,” says Bertha. Coffee is harvested once a year, while the fruit can be harvested three times a year. For this reason, her work is always continuous.


This month is crucial for fertilizing her coffee plants and removing weeds. Bertha is requesting assistance so that she can continue with her work. This will be her fourth loan with MFP. She states that she will submit her monthly payments on time. Bertha is part of the Communal Bank “Nuevo Amanecer de La Aldea” (New Dawn of the Village) and feels comfortable because her group has responsible members. She will invest her loan of 1,500 PEN in the purchase of several sacks of organic compost that she will apply on her coffee plants.

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Bertha de 39 años, convive con Alfredo con quien tiene 5 hijos, pero solo vive con 3 de ellos de 16, 14 y 10 años de edad. Esta familia vive en una casa rústica pero propia ubicada en una comunidad nativa de la selva central. Bertha es una mujer esmerada. Desde que tuvo a su primer hijo (a los 18 años), empezó a trabajar en el campo al lado de su pareja.
Ellos producen carambolas, plátanos y café. Sus terrenos de cultivos están dispersos. En su comunidad sólo pueden cultivar frutas, pero el café lo cuidan en zonas más altas.
“El cultivo de café es más sacrificado y requieren de más inversión, pero las ganancias son mejores”, cuenta.
La cosecha de café, la realiza una vez al año, mientras que las frutas, las cosecha hasta 3 veces al año, por eso continúa con sus labores.
Este mes es crucial para fertilizar sus cultivos de café y realizar la limpieza; por ello solicita de su apoyo para continuar con sus labores. Éste es su crédito número 4 con MFP. Menciona que pagará las cuotas mensuales con puntualidad. Pertenece al banco comunal “Nuevo Amanecer de la Aldea” y se siente cómoda de tener socios responsables. Invertirá los 1500 soles en la compra de varias de bolsas de abono orgánicos, para esparcirlos en sus cultivos de café.

About Peru

  • $6,715
    Average annual income
  • 119
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    Peru Loans Fundraising
  • $56,100,525
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.6
    Peru Nuevos Soles (PEN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $600 helped Bertha to buy several sacks of organic compost.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Disbursed:
Oct 25, 2012
Listed
Oct 23, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Sep 17, 2013