A loan of $1,100 helped to buy natural and chemical fertilizers.

Maximiliana's story

Maximiliana, age 39, is married and has two children. They live together in the tropical Peruvian jungle in the Sirenachayocc community, an annex of the Quimbiri district. They have their own house, which is built from a wood foundation and a tin roof.

Due to the national crisis that affected our country in the 80’s, Maximiliana’s family was at the point of succumbing. Her main source of income was the farming, but after the constant road closings they could not sell any of their products. Everything they had invested turned into debt for her family. At just nine years of age Maximiliana realized the hardships that occurred during this time.

Now she is a well-centered woman who is responsible with her business activities. She works the land with her husband. They grow coffee and cacao plants on their plot of land. She has been working on her land for 18 years. During the harvest season she has the help of her children and the labor of workers who can pick the fruit with great speed.

What she likes the most about her work is harvesting the fruits of the plants. She feels that the months of hard work are compensated by the quality of her fruits. She considers the most difficult part of her job to be transporting her products from the farm to the distribution centers in the city of San Francisco. That is where they offer better prices for her grains.

The requested loan is to buy organic and chemical fertilizers to improve her products. Also, in the future she longs to expand her cacao plantings because she has two hectares of land.

This is her third loan with MFP. She pledges to continue making her payments on time. She is very pleased to be working with her communal bank. She will use the requested 3,000 soles to buy natural and chemical fertilizers in order to improve her production.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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