A loan of $725 helped to purchase a thousand banana plants, twenty sacks of fertilizer, and contract workers.

Carmen's story

Carmen is 44 years old and a hard working and helpful woman. She became a widow 7 years ago and has 4 children, but only two of which live with her in her own house. When her husband died, she had to continue working in order to support her children, being the only person that could watch over them. Since she was 24 years old, she has cultivated all types of native plants from the Peruvian jungle. She continues to do the same but with the help of her children and neighbors. She is accustomed to agricultural jobs and is thankful for this profession because it has provided her with cozy housing and the ability to provide her children with a decent livelihood and education. For this reason, she hopes to expand her cultivations with citric fruits and avocados. She currently has a terrain of 8 hectares, which she still doesn't have completely prepared. This is her 7th credit with MFP, and has demonstrated that she appreciates working with her communal group because it is composed of people that promote respect and responsibility in the group. With the loan that she is applying for, she plans to buy twenty sacks of fertilizers and a thousand banana plants, with which she will be able to renovate her cultivations, and also be able to contract workers to help with the process.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tracy Quan

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