A loan of $275 helped to buy sacks of organic compost.

Paul's story

Paul, 30, lives in the indigenous community of Centro Pumpuriani. There he began his family together with Ida, his wife of two years. They have four children that they constantly care for and educate. Every morning for 8 years he heads to his farmland where he plants plantains and coffee.

According to his story: before, he didn't have the money he needed to buy more farmland; with time and hard work his was able to obtain 5 hectares of arable land. He now plants 3 hectares of plantains and 2 hectares of coffee. The plantain is more in demand and provides earnings every 15 days, which is its cycle of maturation. During the coffee harvest once a year, he makes good money because one hectare of land produces at least 60 sacks of coffee. "Every kilo costs 12 soles", comments Paul, "I'm sure it will go up even more."

Now is the time to harvest coffee and he's very happy with the results that he's getting. Because of this he's thinking about investing in planting more coffee so that in the future he can make more money.

He belongs to the village bank "Abjitas de Pumpuriani" and this is his first loan with MFP. He hopes that this collaboration will help him achieve his goals. He promises to make his payments. He is grateful to be part of his village bank because all of the members are responsible and unified.

Once he receives the loan he will invest in the purchase of some sacks of organic compost to spread among his coffee crop and a little for the plantains, because he feels it's very important that they produce more fruit.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Berghaus

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