A loan of $1,100 helped to buy coffee plants and sacks of organic fertilizer.

Juan's story

Juan is 25 years old, single, and lives in his parents' home. His parents are 50 year-old Pablo and 49 year-old Nieves. They live together in the town of Alto Yapaz (in the central Peruvian jungle). Juan's main job is to properly care for his plantations. He has been in this business for 12 years and he enjoys watching his plantations of bananas, coffee, citrus fruit and other native products grow. It is difficult having to weed his plantations often. He doesn't like cutting or pulling weeds because he says that his arms ache from carrying out this work every day. For this reason, he prefers planting, fertilizing and harvesting. He puts into practice the techniques that his father taught him.

In the future, Juan would like to continue planting more coffee and bananas as these are products that are very much in demand in the market. He would also like to build his own home and set up a grocery store where his future wife can work.

Juan is a member of the "Los Progresistas" community bank and this is his third loan from MFP. He says that he has worked as an active member of his group since he joined. Juan will use his loan to buy coffee plants and several sacks of fertilizer to fertilize his crops.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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