A loan of $1,075 helped to buy 3 bags of pea seeds and sacks of organic fertilizer.

Maria's story

María is a hard-working woman of 53. She is married to Benjamín, age 50, the love of her life. Together they have 6 children, who in search of a better future are studying in Lima, the capital of Peru. Because of this, María lives alone with her husband in the house she inherited from her mother. With emotion, she recalls that since she was very young, she has worked planting corn, gladiolus flowers, and a variety of vegetable crops such as alfalfa, peas and potatoes. Today with the help of her husband, she gets up very early to prepare the food for the day, and later inspect and water the planted fields or also to cut grass to feed the guinea pigs which they raise to sell starting from "gazapos" (little recently weaned guinea pigs) until they are of reproductive age. They sell their products in the city's wholesale market, where they sell an average of 40 to 50 guinea pigs on Thursdays and Sundays, obtaining an average of 15 Peruvian soles of profit for each one. What she likes most about her work is the fact that she has been very persevering, since thanks to this she was able to pay for the education of her children, who are now on professional career tracks. In addition, all of the family members live comfortably. In the future, she would lke to buy a larger number of cows, as well as guinea pigs and other small animals, and to maintain them she will plant some hectares of alfalfa. She belongs to the “Nueva Esperanza” ["New Hope"] communal bank, and this is her tenth loan with MFP. She has peace of mind working with a communal bank she can trust, and she mentions that their savings are very well taken care of. María is beginning to plant peas, and because of this with the money from the loan she is thinking about buying 3 bags of seeds, and to ensure a good harvest she will also buy sacks of organic fertilizer.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman

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