A loan of $550 helped purchase fertilizer.

Jorge's story

Jorge is a 32-year-old man who is married to Elizabeth, age 28, with whom he has 3 young children. They live in a rented house in the town of La Sierra Central.

He wakes up at 5 in the morning daily because he has to walk for about an-hour-and-a-half to be able to get to his crops. However, this does not bother him. To the contrary, he considers this to be normal due to the location of his fields, and because he keeps his family's well-being in mind every time he puts in a lot of effort. He has been in agriculture for 5 years, and what he likes most is harvesting because he then sells his produce and pays for both the household expenses and his children's education. However, since he is a non-conformist, he would like to share more activities with his family, so he wants to find a steady job that is as lucrative as agriculture is.

This is his fourth loan with MFP, and he admits that he has been saving up money so that he will not default on his loans and let his communal bank members down because they all work hard to help the group get ahead. With the 1,500.00 PEN that he is now requesting, he will purchase 5 sacks of fertilizer in order to adequately care for his potato crops.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Casian

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