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A loan of $175 helped cleaning up his fields.

Armando's story

Armando is 36 years old and has lived with his common law wife for the past 13 years. They have 5 children together. Since he was young he has worked in agriculture, working on rented land that is located 35-40 minutes driving distance from his home. On days that cars cannot pass through, he walks 90 or 100 minutes to get to his fields. For Armando, raising both bananas and coffee are both profitable, because the production of the bananas generates income every 15 days, while coffee gives a profit once a year. His coffee crop provides enough earnings that when he divides it out over 12 months, it ends up giving the same profit as his bananas. Because of this, these two crops are indispensable for his fields and he works hard to fertilize them and protect them from harm. Armando is very motivated because he has a wife who is also very hardworking, who supports him in his work. His plans for the future are to alternate planting different crops and to eventually become landowners, so his children can count on having what they need, and to improve their quality of life. Armando is a restless person and likes to joke around with the other members of his community bank. This is his 2nd loan with MFP and he has been responsible with all of his commitments. The loan money will be used to clean his fields, because for each block he is charged 350-400 soles.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Rachel Crouch

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