A loan of $550 helped to buy sacks of manure and potato and corn seed.

Flora's story

Flora, 44, lives with her husband and son in her own house. Since childhood she learned the value of working the land. Since then she’s worked every day from very early at dawn on her crops. She grows mainly potato, corn and oca (a tuber), among other products. She always tries to keep insect infestations from damaging her crops as well as fertilizing every so often to strengthen them. After a period of several months of waiting she can begin to see the fruits of her hard labor which, upon sale, produce profits that help her meet household needs.

On one hand she feels that changes in the weather damage her plants and on the other hand the low market prices for these products bother her because she’s unable to recuperate her investment. Even so, she’s gotten ahead by opting for other, more profitable crops, like wheat and corn. Because of this she’s decided to improve her crops planting more variety, like lima beans, because they are more profitable products.

This is loan #7 with MFP. She considers that working with a communal bank is a good experience that allows her to improve her economic situation so she commits to be very punctual with her repayments. She will use the loan to buy sacks of manure and seed for her potato and corn planting.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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