A loan of $925 helped to buy eight sacks of potato seeds and six sacks of organic fertilizer.

Viviano's story

Viviano is 38 years old, and he lives in Llanco, a rural community. That is where he lives in his own house with his family, his wife and his two daughters that he loves a lot.

When he was a very young boy his parents taught him how to work the land. He liked seeing how the plants grew and matured. His 20 years of experience helped him to obtain many things like the house in which he now very happily lives.

He now grows potatoes and peas on land that he rents in the village of Jachapata. He spends most of his day there. He needs to take care of his crops so that do not have insect infestations, which at this time continue to plaque his crops.

Viviano has set a goal for this year. It is to get together money to be able to buy his own land in Llanco and to spend more time with his family. He now needs very little. The last pea harvest yielded 40 sacks, which provided him with good earnings and is allowing him to save for the future.

He is grateful for the support of his communal bank because they taught him how to get ahead in spite of the difficulties. “I work constantly in order to be able to provide my children with a better quality of life,” he says proudly. He finishes by saying, “I invest most of my earnings in them.”

He belongs to the Los Ángeles de Llanco Communal Bank. This is his eighth loan with MFP. He hopes to have their collaboration in order to meet his objectives. He pledges, once more, to make his payments as he has done with his previous loans. It pleases him to be part of his communal bank because all of the members are responsible and very supportive people.

Viviano will use the requested money to buy eight sacks of Andean potato seeds, which cost an average of S/. 40 per sack. He will also buy six sacks of organic fertilizer to spread amongst his plants. That way he will obtain good results.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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