A loan of $725 helped to purchase bags of organic fertilizer.

Manuel's story

Manuel, an admirable, 55 year old man, has been married for 28 years to his wife Rayda. Together they have four children, two of which live in their home in the Santo Domingo neighborhood.

Manuel has worked happily in agriculture for 28 years. He grows potatoes, peas, lettuce, lima beans and carrots, but primarily grows vegetables because, given that they cost more, they yield greater earnings. Manuel sales his crops after each harvest at the city of Tarma’s wholesale market. However, if the going price is too low, he travels to country’s capital to sale his product, in order to get a better price.

Additionally, Manuel works with livestock such as cows, bulls, donkeys, sheep and pigs. Once fattened, he sales them at a greater price to the butchers that frequent the area.

Manuel comments that his greatest challenge is maintaining working capital, which is why he sales animals. Going forward, he plans to improve the care he gives to his animals.

He belongs to the communal bank, “Santo Domingo de Tapo.” This is his second loan with MFP, with which he is very pleased. Returning to the group has encouraged him to continue progressing. Manuel, has agricultural land in the Rangra area where it does not snow. To take advantage of the climate, he will plant “mama lucha” potatoes, which grow quickly, and for which he can charge more. In order to start planting, Manuel will use the loan to buy several bags of organic fertilizer.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tyson Shelley

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