A loan of $925 helped to buy a cow and supplies for his farming and livestock business.

Rolando's story

Roland, 29, lives in Antabamba. You might best characterize him as a loving father. He lives in a house that he owns with his wife, Rina, 25, and their much-loved daughter, Abigail, 3. Roland works hard for Abigail. He's been a farmer all his life, learning to care for the land and living on what he grows from an early age. He grows potatoes, maize, beans and peas. He gets up every morning to take care of his crop because he depends on good harvests to support his family. He sells what he grows at the central market at Tarma because that's where he can get the best price for his crop. The thing that Roland likes best about farming is harvesting the land because that's when the months of hard work pay off. He's worked the farm for 15 years and his biggest challenge is fertilizing his land because the job takes days and even weeks to finish. His wife sometimes helps him, but she spends most of her day caring for their cows, milking them and making cheese from the milk. Roland sells the milk and cheese products in the cities of Palca and Tarma because there's a big demand for them in those places. For the future, he wants to increase his income by improving his harvests and investing in better cows for his milk and cheese business. Roland belongs to the Los Pinos de Antabamba community bank and this is his sixth MFP loan. He's grateful for the loans because they help him advance his business. He is committed to repaying this loan in the agreed-upon time, just as he's repaid past loans. He also wants to thank the members of his community bank for being responsible and supportive of one another. Roland will use this loan to buy a Holstein cow which, on average, cost two thousand new soles. He will also buy sacks of an organic manure, called Mamalucha, to fertilize his potato crop

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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