A loan of $725 helped buy plants and fertilizer for her crops.

Norma's story

Norma, who is 35, lives in her own house with her husband Julio, 35, with whom she has two small children. For 15 years she has cultivated coffee, citrus fruits, and bananas on the land she inherited from her parents. Meanwhile, her husband works as a driver of heavy vehicles for the city. During the weekends, she and her husband provide appropriate care for her plantings. What Norma likes most is harvesting, because she can sell the fruits that she gathers at a good price, which she can reinvest to improve her production. This activity is very profitable for her, because she can pay her expenses without any worry, and she can also live comfortably and offer the best to her children. In addition, she can save for big future projects, since she confesses that in the future, she is planning to acquire a rural property and plant a larger quantity of natural products that grow in the central jungle of Peru.

This is her third loan with MFP, and she says that she likes to work with her community bank because she saves and learns from the educational talks that this institution offers. Norma plans to invest the loan in the purchase of four thousand coffee plants and a number of sacks of fertilizer which she needs to improve her crops.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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