A loan of $850 helped to buy fertilizers.

Faustino's story

Faustino is 50 years old, is a very responsible and hard-working man, and lives with the mother of his 5 children, of whom the oldest passed away from cancer and now the 4 younger children are living in their own house. After the death of his daughter, he had an accident, in which he fractured his right foot, and for a few months, he needed to use crutches. During this time, he felt impotent because he couldn’t help his family in their agricultural work. Now, however, he has recovered and has returned to growing lettuce and spinach in his irrigated fields and potatoes in the high-altitude fields, where, walking quickly, he can arrive in 2 hours. Because of this, in the harvest season, transporting the products is very difficult. Faustino is very happy to dedicate himself to his own crops and, moreover, they are very profitable. With these earnings, he was able to cover the medical costs for the treatment of his daughter. He told us that spinach is the product that generates the highest earnings in the least time. Because of this, he can recover his money quickly. This is his fifth loan with MFP and during these cycles, he has led responsibly, since he is the president of his community bank. The money that he is now requesting is to buy chemical fertilizers to improve his various crops. He will also buy pesticides to eliminate the pests.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Avni Shah

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