A loan of $725 helped buying banana trees and fertilizer.


Bertha's story

46-year-old Bertha is a rather loving, humble woman. She is married to Andres, age 55, and they have five children together: Alejandro (15), Paulo (14), Ever (11), Ana (10) and Lucio, who is 8. Although she can't read or write, she has no patience for discrimination. She has a great attitude that has earned her plenty of respect from everyone she knows, both young and old. Bertha and her husband have been farming coffee, bananas and maize for about 10 years. In order to better tend the crops, her husband often sleeps in a hut out on the fields. Bertha looks after the business end of things, but also helps with the crops whenever it's necessary. She's confident that her business has a good outlook, so she wants to farm more banana and yuca, which are both in high demand at nearby markets. This is Bertha's fourth loan with MFP. She's very thankful for the confidence the organization has in her and the other members of her community bank, all of whom are quite well organized. In order to increase her profits, she plans to buy 230 banana trees and several sacks of fertilizer, which will increase yields.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer


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