A loan of $375 helped to buy organic fertilizer to improve the quality of her crops.

Carmen's story

Carmen, 40, is a widow and has managed to support her 4 children on her own. Now she lives with only two of them in her own house. The oldest children now work and are independent. For 2 years Carmen has been working to cultivate potatoes, peas and beans. While she works in agriculture in the mornings, in the afternoons she also has a business selling food (agua de manzana (an apple drink), maca (an Andean root vegetable), soy, and also bread filled with cheese, chicken and pork) in a plaza in her city where she has a kiosk. And if that weren't enough, she also sells a variety of snacks in a cafe in a school in her area. She says that it is best to attend to her customers graciously, because as a result of the good treatment they always return. In addition, her best assistant is her youngest son, who is in charge of delivering orders and cleaning the utensils. The activities that she performs are sufficiently profitable, because they allow her to live comfortably. For this reason in the future she has plans to set up a business selling vegetables that will be located in a stall in the wholesale market in her city. This is the second time that she has taken a loan with MFP, and she enjoys working with her communal group very much because it is made up of people who are hardworking and responsible. Carmen plans to invest the money requested in the purchase of a number of bags of organic fertilizer, that she will scatter over her cultivations of peas to improve the quality of her crops and generate better earnings.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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