A loan of $725 helped to buy several sacks of organic manure.


Luis's story

Luis, 30, lives in Palomar (Peruvian Central Jungle). He formed his family there with Orfelia, his wife of two years. They have a daughter, María, who they care for with much love and affection since she’s still a little girl. Luis’s life has been the fields, an activity that is necessary to live. Since he was a little boy his parents always taught him how to work the land, to make it productive and to live off it. Because of this he decided to continue the family activity and now he has his own fields planted with coffee and bananas. He has two hectares of farmland. When the harvests are collected he sells them in the market in the city of La Merced. What he most enjoys about his work is planting because he knows that profits depend on the good care he provides his plants. He’s been in this line of work for 10 years and considers the brusque weather changes that affect crop yields quite a bit to be the most difficult part of it. In the future he’d like to continue to work hard improving his crops because he knows that he will reach his objectives since he works tirelessly. On his spare time he helps out other farmers who pay him a bit of extra money. He belongs to the “Aroma de Café” (Aroma of Coffee) communal bank and this is the fourth loan with MFP where he hopes to receive financial support to reach his goals. On the other hand, he commits once again to pay his installments like he did with the previous loans he got. Also, he enjoys being part of his communal bank because all the members are responsible and very mutually supportive people. If Luis were to get the requested loan he will invest the money in the purchase of several sacks of organic manure to spread among his coffee and banana crops which haven’t ripened yet.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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