A loan of $1,050 helped to buy merchandise and increase her land's productivity.

Epifania's story

Epifanía is 51 years old. She lives in her own house with her partner Bernabé (58 years old), and her two daughters Mari Luz (28 years old) and Delia (18 years old). Although she is a bit sick from the cold of the mountains, she does not stop working because she is afraid that other merchants will take her clients. For 30 years, she has sold cheese and corn which she must transport from the height of her town to a city in the central forest of Perú. These products are preferred there for their delicious flavor and for the vitamins they contain. At the same time, since she married, she has also worked in agriculture, planting potatoes, peas, corn, barley and tubers called oca and mashua( native products in the Peruvian mountains), with her husband. These activities are profitable because they allow them to cover their necessities and to buy good fields. For the future, she plans to plant, in large amounts and in addition, she wants to buy a motorized 3-wheeled vehicle in order to rent its services in the city. She also wants to increase her productivity. This is the tenth time she has had a loan with MFP and she is very calm because she says this is an opportunity to continue to grow economically. With respect to the work in her communal bank she says it is well organized. She intends to invest the money from the loan in merchandise for her cheese and corn business which is growing little by little. In addition, she will invest another part of the loan in bags of pea seeds, fertilizer and bottles of insecticide. She will also pay her workers for preparing the sown fields.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lauren Jackson

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