A loan of $1,075 helped to buy 5 bulls.

Emercinda's story

Emercinda is 46 years old. She is a hard-working woman who cares for her two children, Ronal and Franklin, on her own. She lives in her own home which is located in the village of Casacoto.

Emercinda's children are the reason for all her hard work. They are studying at university in the country's capital city and she has to send them a monthly allowance to cover their expenses. This motivates her to continue with her daily work farming. Emercinda has been growing potatoes, peas and corn for 20 years. She starts caring for her crops from the first hours of the day. She sells her harvests at the wholesale market in the city of Tarma where they pay her a good price.

Alongside her daily business farming, Emercinda also raises animals such as pigs, rams and guinea pigs which she feeds up and then sells to butchers who visit her home. This makes her better profits. In the future, she would like to continue growing crops but she would like to grow them in larger quantities and would like them to be better quality.

Emercinda is a member of the "Sembradoras de Casacoto" (Casacoto Growers) community bank and this is her third loan from MFP. Through her community bank, she learns every day to get ahead for the benefit of her family. Emercinda has sown oats on her land and she will use the loan she has requested to buy 5 medium-sized bulls to grow and fatten with oats, and then sell at a higher price.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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