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Elsa, 58, is a tenacious woman. She was widowed 2 years ago, and ever since she has been the sole provider for her 2 minor children. She lives with them in the rural Carita settlement. She has been farming for 35 years; she started out farming with her husband. Despite being alone, she continues to work with a lot of effort. Her main crops are potatoes, peas and corn, and she cultivates these on her own land. Over all of this time she was able to secure good buyers, as she sells the seeds of the potatoes that she produces to the big wholesale traders. In addition, she has 3 dairy cows, and she makes cheese that she sells in the market on Sundays. Now she is getting ready for the harvest of potatoes and corn, and she hopes to get good earnings. She plans to improve her cultivations so she can have better earnings and this way pay for the education of her children, since she is the only person supporting the family. She belongs to the communal bank "Progreso Carita," and this is their 7th loan cycle with MFP. She is grateful for the support that she has received from MFP over the years. Very soon, Elsa will harvest her potato and corn crops. With this loan, she will buy potato seeds of the "Primeriza" variety, as well as 2 sacks of pea seeds.
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Elsa, de 58 años, es una mujer luchadora. Hace 2 años enviudó, y desde entonces se hace cargo de sus 2 menores hijos. Con los cuales vive en el caserío de Carita. Desde hace 35 años, comenzó a dedicarse a la agricultura, donde sembraba en compañía de su esposo. A pesar de estar sola, sigue trabajando con mucho ahínco. Sus principales sembríos constan de papa, arveja y maíz; los cuales siembra en sus terrenos propios. En todo este tiempo pudo obtener buenos compradores, pues vende la semilla de papa que produce; a los grandes comerciantes mayoristas. Además de tener 3 vacas lecheras, donde hace queso, que vende en la feria los días domingos. Ahora ella se está preparando para la cosecha de papa y maíz, donde espera obtener buenas ganancias. Pues sus planes son mejorar sus cultivos, para tener mayores ganancias y así pagar los estudios de sus hijos, ya que es el único sustento de su familia. Ella pertenece al banco comunal “progreso carita”, y este es el séptimo crédito con MFP, donde se siente agradecida por el apoyo que recibió en todo estos años. Elsa, muy pronto cosechará sus cultivos de papa y maíz. Por ello con el crédito comprará semillas de papa de la variedad “primeriza”, asimismo 2 bolsas de semilla de arveja.

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  • $12,000
    Average annual income
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,100 helped Elsa to buy potato seeds and 2 sacks of pea seeds.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Mar 16, 2011
Mar 25, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 15, 2011