A loan of $875 helped buy pigs.

Hilario's story

Hilario is 53, and he is married to Enedina who is 47. They have five children, but only two of them live with them. Joselina is 17, and Sharon is 6. They live in their own house, which is made from adobe (clay cobblestones), straw, and tile.

For 26 years, with help from his wife, he has been growing potatoes, corn, and peas. These are agricultural products from the Peruvian mountain range. He also grows vegetables and a variety of flowers.

This humble couple starts their day’s work at four in the morning in order to water their crops. They then return home to prepare food for their daughters to go to school. They later return to work until nightfall. According to Hilario, there are many times that he and his wife do not return home, and they take advantage of the night to continue working. Due to the climate changes, they do the most self-sacrificing work. At the end, they have their recompense because the harvest is gratifying. They get good earnings, which helps support their family. To Hilario, agriculture represents his whole life. He learned to farm when he was very small, and it has served him to get his family ahead. That is why he hopes to later plant a larger quantity. At the same time, he raises sheep, pigs, and three heads of cattle to later sell at a good price.

Being a man who wishes to improve, he is asking for a loan with MFP. This is his eighth loan. The most important thing to him is to keep working with his colleagues in his communal bank. He wishes to use the loan to buy various pigs to fatten. In the future he wants to have a farm in order to sell pork in the wholesale market in his city. There is a great buyers’ demand.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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