A loan of $375 helped to buy two bags of pea seeds and sacks of organic manure.

Maria's story

María is 39 years old. She is a hard-working woman who is solely responsible for providing support, education and food for her two children: Franklin and Elisabeth. The family live together in their own home which is in the small village of Paucarmarca.

María's main business, in which she has been working for 16 years, is farming. She grows peas, potatoes and beans which she sows on her own land which is located on the outskirts of her village. What she most enjoys about her work is being able to spend most of her time out in the fields. What she most dislikes about her work are the problems that she faces when pests attack her crops. For this reason, she also raises livestock, taking care of animals such as rams, guinea pigs and cows. This makes her extra profits that she uses to cover any problems with her farming. "Money invested in growing crops is not always safe. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose" she tells us. For this reason, she is saving money so that she can start her own business where she can feel more relaxed.

María is a member of the Santa Rosa community bank and this is her seventh loan from MFP. She feels grateful for the support that she receives from the association. María will invest the money she has requested in buying two bags of pea seeds as well as several sacks of organic manure that she will use for her next sowing season.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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