A loan of $725 helped hire workers to help clear the weeds.

Bertha's story

Bertha, age 46, is a hard-working woman. She lives with Andrés, age 60, and they have six minor children. She is raising the children in her own house, which is in the indigenous community of Pumpuriani.

Since she was a girl she has been working in the noble agricultural trade. Being able to feed the population is very dependent upon her work and the productivity of the land. Twenty years ago, thanks to her effort and her savings, she was able to get land for crops. She started growing coffee, bananas, and avocados. After giving them the necessary care she sold them to her customers that visit her.

However, the avocado crop gives Bertha the greatest income. She is the only one in her area that grows this crop. She sells them in great quantities to merchants throughout the country.

What she likes the best is burning her fields after the harvest. (This removes the old growth to make way for new plantings.) That way there will be new harvests. Later, she is planning to open a small, much needed grocery store in her community.

This is her fifth loan with MFP. She is very enthusiastic about the results she has received. With the support and the trainings she will be able to achieve her objectives. Bertha plans to use the loan to hire workers to help her clear the weeds from her coffee crops. The coffee will be harvested within three months.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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