A loan of $375 helped to hire workers and buy fertilizer.

Alberta's story

Alberta is 54 years old, and a single mother of 6 children. Only 1 of her children lives at home, in the house Alberta owns. The rest of her children are older and independent. Although they are always trying to look after her, Alberta likes working because it makes her feel alive. At a young age she learned how to farm from her parents, so she has also taught farming methods to her children. They help her with the daily tasks involved in growing coffee, bananas, and avocados.

She enjoys her work and all the experience she gains in the countryside. When Alberta wants to speed up her operations she hires workers so that she can rest a bit without slowing down her work. Alberta is characterized by her prudence, managing to prevent infection of her crops by common pests and diseases. She is convinced that a good harvest depends mostly on the work put into it.

Alberta considers her work to be fairly profitable because she has been able to acquire many goods, educate her children, and above all provide a good quality of life for her family. In the future, she plans to set up a business selling food from home. Many people have already suggested she do this, because her home is in a good location for the business.

This is her third loan with MFP and she is happy to continue working with her group because it is made up of good, supportive and responsible individuals like herself. With the loan she is requesting, she will hire workers to weed her coffee plantation, as well as buy sacks of fertilizer to boost her yield.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Vivian Lu

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