A loan of $725 helped to buy fertilizer.

Maria's story

Maria is 52 years old and is a friendly woman. She’s been divorced from her husband, Humberto, for 15 years and has seven children, but only three of them still live with her. Her home is located in the Villa Visca settlement. She’s been raising potatoes, peas, and corn on land within her zone, for the past 14 years or so. In this way she’s always been independent. She also buys and sells potatoes and vegetables from farmers in Tarma, where there is plenty of product, and then travels to Chanchamayo every week (Central Peruvean Jungle) and sells them at the main marketplace. These things will not grow in that part of the country. Her main concerns are tuition, clothing, and food for her children. Here is where she spends most of her income, but she is not discouraged and continues to work with great hope. She plans to take large quantities of crops to the capital city, Lima, where she can expand her sales.

She is part of the “Villa Visca” communal bank and this will be her seventh loan through MFP, where she feels fulfilled because they often hold educational talks and this helps improve her quality of life.

She will use the money from this loan to buy vegetables for her business. She will also buy various sacks of fertilizers to spread on her crop of peas.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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