A loan of $525 helped purchase of fertilizers.

Vilma's story

Vilma is 32 years old and five days ago she gave birth to her second child. Since she was very young she has been a fieldworker on other people's farms. She now has her own crops of oranges, mandarines, and tangelos which she harvests three times a year. Every fifteen days she collects fruit and takes it to the market in the city. She has a regular buyer named Doña Luchita who is very fair with the price and the weight of the fruit. To take the maximum advantage of her products when the fruit are too small she squeezes them to make popsicles with the juice. Vilma and her eldest daughter happily squeeze the citrus fruits and then bag them and freeze them in her freezer so that they can sell them. This business is very profitable, and with the earnings from popsicle sales they can pay their electricity bill and for their daily food.

This is her sixth loan with MFP and even though she has gone through some economic difficulties she has never been late with a payment beacause as president of her comunnity bank she has to set an example. She will invest the money from the loan to purchase chemical fertilizers for her fields.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patrick King

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