A loan of $500 helped buy fertilizer.

Rosa's story

Rosa is 49, and she has been a widow for 20 years. She lives in her own house together with her four children. Her children are her motivation for her effort and work.

At 4:00 a.m. she is up and preparing the food for her house. From 8:00 a.m. on she works in her fields weeding and collecting the citrus fruit. When she finishes with her own land she works on her neighbor’s farm. They pay her between 13 and 15 PEN a day. She uses this money to cover the immediate necessities of her children. Sometimes her children help her finish her contracted work in less time. Agricultural work gives Rosa great pleasure and satisfaction. A good harvest brings good earnings, which allow her to feed and educate her children.

Rosa has plans to increase her farming land so that her children can work on it.

This is her fifth loan with MFP. She has not had difficulty making payments. She promises to repay this loan the same as she did with the previous loans. She plans to use the money she is asking for to buy ten sacks of farm manure. With the rest of the money she will buy six sacks of urea to fertilize her citrus.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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