A loan of $875 helped buy fertilizers.

Catalina's story

Catalina is 34, married, and has seven children. She lives with them in her own house.

In previous years, she and her husband planted coffee and bananas on their own fields. Now, they only weed, fertilize, and fumigate. Every 15 days they harvest the bananas and sell them from their own farm. But, in the case of the coffee, they need to wait 12 months for the harvest.

During this time she works on other farms, where she works from eight in the morning until five in the afternoon. They pay her 12 PEN daily; they pay her husband 13 PEN. They use these earnings to supply the household necessities. Although it is very tiring, she continues because she does not want their children to lack food or their school supplies.

This is her third loan with MFP. She renews her promise to make all of her payments on time so that her communal bank will continue to trust her. She will use the money that she is now asking for to buy chemical fertilizers, which she will use to fertilize her crops.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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