A loan of $1,100 helped to hire laborers to help her pick coffee.

Herlinda's story

Herlinda is 38 years old and is happy and hardworking. She has been living with her partner Walter for 22 years. They both have two beautiful children, Kener and Randi who they educate in their own home which is located in the town of Alto Yapaz (in the Peruvian jungle). Her two children are her motivation to work hard every day which is why she has been growing coffee and bananas for five years. She also sells fruits that are native to the Peruvian jungle which she buys from her neighbors and acquaintances. Twice a week she boxes them and takes them to the markets in Huancayo and Lima to sell. Her husband works in public transportation. He covers the route from Santa Ana to Alto Yapaz and vice versa. On the days that he's off he helps Herlinda in the farming and in her business. She enjoys the tranquility of the country but she finds it difficult to take her products to the food markets which is why she stores her harvests in her store. Although this work does not discourage her it is very profitable because thanks to her profits she can give her family an adequate quality of life. This is why, in the future, she plans on continuing to grow coffee in her fields but especially to increase and supply products to her establishment. She belongs to the community bank "Los Progresistas" (The Progressives) and this is the third loan with field partner MFP and she is sure that she will continue to work actively in the community bank since she likes to socialize with the other members. Herlinda will start the coffee harvest so she will invest the loan in paying the laboreres who she will contract to help her to collect the grain. She will also invest in implementing her grocery store at home.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Cindy Manzo

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