A loan of $375 helped to hire field hands to help with the harvest.

Meri's story

Meri, 46, is a hard working single mother living with her daughter Jocelyn, 18, in her own house located in the community of Unión Palomar (Peruvian central jungle). What this hard working woman does is farming. Her main crops are coffee and bananas. “The best profits depend on the time of harvesting. If you harvest the beans at the exact time the aroma is better” she affirms. During the first month the “rebusca” (process of selecting the beans that are starting to ripen) starts. The second month is the “plena” (when all the beans are at their peak ripeness). Her ten years experience allows her to obtain good harvests and this is why the coffee merchants come by her fields to buy the entire crop. She wants to continue planting and producing good coffee.

She is a member of the “Prestatarios de la Unión” (La Unión Borrowers) communal bank and this is her first loan with MFP where she commits to succeed.

Very shortly Meri will begin to harvest her coffee beans so she plans to use the loan to hire field hands to help her with the harvesting.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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