A loan of $700 helped purchase a truck.

Andrés's story

Andrés is 43 years old and lives with his mother, Juliana, 72, whom he cares for. The two live in a home they own located in a frigid zone in the Peruvian mountains. His father died when Andrés was a young man (23 years old), so he was forced to take control of the household finances. Even though he didn't care for agriculture, he started planting potatoes, peas, and corn on his father's land. What saddens Andrés is not having his own family to accompany him and support his farming activities, or expecting a hot meal after a difficult day. Despite the difficulties he has faced, he considers his work lucrative because thanks to his profits he has been able to take care of household expenses as well as purchase more land that is now producing great harvests. Along with the hope of forming a family and having a number of children, in the future he wishes to keep saving money so he can build a home in the city where he can set up a business selling tubers, and he also wants to increase his agricultural production. This is his sixth loan through Kiva partner MFP, and he already is familiar with the workings of a community bank and wants to continue working with his group of demanding and responsible people. He plans to use the money he is requesting to complement his saving to purchase a truck so he can haul his harvest from his village to the city to sell it. A second-hand vehicle cost approximately 6,000 soles.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein

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