A loan of $725 helped purchase seeds to plant his crops.

Onofrio's story

Onofrio is 45 years old. He is married to Zenaida who is 46 years old and together they have five children. They live in their own home which is located in the district of San Francisco. Onofrio is a person who puts a lot of effort and who fights for the well being of his family. He is dedicated to waterway transport, plying the river with his boat and ferrying people and goods. He has been living this way for 20 years as a motorist emerging from his boat on the vast waters of the Apurimac River. He is accompanied in this passage by an assistant who is in charge of using a pole to measure water depth. He does not complain about his work but rather he is happy for the service he provides. Thanks to his work he pays for his children's schooling and has managed to buy land to farm. The future plans he has for his business are to buy another canoe to provide it for rent and get more income and to start farming in greater quantities. This is the 13th loan he has received from field partner MFP for which he pledges to continue making his scheduled payments on time. In addition, he is satisfied with the performance of the members of the community bank, they are all very united. Onofrio plans to invest the two thousand soles requested in the purchase of seeds and thus expects to improve production of his land.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Cindy Manzo

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