A loan of $550 helped to buy fertilizer to protect his cacao and coffee crops.

Francisco's story

Francisco is 47 years old. He lives with his his partner and has one child under his care. He lives in the community of Palestina, located in the beautiful Cuzco rainforest, where he has his own house. He has been working in agriculture for more than 30 years, growing cacao and coffee. The reason why he entered into this area is that he saw that the vast majority of his competitors didn't produce their agricultural products on a large scale. In addition, the wholesalers who stockpiled the coffee and cacao didn't acknowledge the financial worth of the products. That is why Francisco wants to produce in quantity and in quality, with the goal of selling at a fair price. Today, at 47, he considers himself to have reached one of his goals of becoming a community leader thanks to his constant efforts. Nonetheless, he does not want to rest. That is why he has plans to increase his market in other strategic areas, buying large crop areas. The idea is to minimize cost and time when it comes time to transport and sell his products in the warehouses in the community. This is his third loan with MFP and he is committed to complying with his payment schedule. In addition, he feels supported by his community group because of the committment and responsibility he has with it. With the loan he is asking for he will buy materials and fertilizers to improve his cacao and coffee crops. This way, he can avoid the diseases that affect his crops.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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