A loan of $375 helped to buy fertilizer and seeds to improve the productivity of her crops.

Julia's story

Julia, 46 years of age, lives in a rented home with her partner Héctor (51) and the youngest of her 3 children as the older ones are working and now on their own. She starts her work at 5 am every day, tending to the animals she raises – pigs and cows – after which she tends to her potato and pea crops along with her husband.

She has been raising livestock and farming for 4 years, and what she enjoys most about her work is harvesting her peas and picking the best ones to sell at the market. There, she has many customers that she knows, although transporting the heavy sacks with her product is challenging. In addition, she occasionally sells her livestock, and her cows produce rich fresh milk that she uses to make cheeses that she also sells.

Since her activities are profitable, she would like to buy more fertile land in order to grow the size of her harvests. She is also thinking about embarking on a business selling potatoes, vegetables and cheeses at the general stores in the Peruvian jungle because she knows she can earn a good income from her sales.

This is her first loan through MFP and, at recent meetings, she observed the mechanics of how her cooperative group works, which she enjoyed because she was able to learn about other members’ experiences. Julia plans to invest the funds she is requesting into the purchase of bags of fertilizer and seeds for the Yungay variety of potato. Through these steps, she hopes to obtain good earnings that will allow her to continue to get ahead.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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