A loan of $425 helped to buy fertilizers.

Marcelina's story

Marcelina, 34, lives with her husband and three children in her own home. Laboriously and with much agility she farms her coffee and banana plantations so that she can have time to also work as a paid laborer on her neighbors' farmlands. For this work she is paid 13 soles a day (her husband earns 15 soles a day). If they are hired to do weed removal she gets up at 4am, prepares the daily meals and must be on the farmlands at 8am. As heavy as the work might seem, Marcelina does not find it tiring, what is more...she loves what she does. This allows her to obtain money which she can spend independently on 'the needs of her children and her aged mother. Her dreams for the future are to enlarge her plantings to improve her family's quality of life. This is her third loan with MFP and she pledges to repay on time. The funds will be used to buy chemical fertilizers for her crops.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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