A loan of $550 helped to buy two bags of pea seed and various bags of organic ferilizer..


Nieves's story

Nieves is 63 years old. She lives in the town of Palcamayo. She is described as being a cheerful and hardworking woman. She lives in her own house with her youngest daughter, Liz, who is 26 and the reason for all her hard work. When she was very young she learned to work in the fields with her parents, who taught her what has to be done to have a good crop. Now she has her own land which she plants and takes care of with much love and patience. She plants peas, spinach and carrots which she sells in the wholesale market of Tarma. What she liks the most about her job is harvesting her crops, since she feels that her hard work is producing. She has spent 40 years doing this activity and she thinks that the hardest thing is protecting her crops from insects that can affect them. With the strenghth that characterizes her, she works alone in her fields, and she learned how to get ahead on her own. She does hire workers to help her with the harvest. Besides having the support of her daughter, who has a truck with which she transports her product to the country's capital. “I have everything" Nieves says, “baskets, bushels and everything else for transportation”. In time, she hopes to buy more land to increase production. She belongs to the “Virgen María” community bank and this is her sixth loan with MFP, where she hopes to have cooperation to cement her plans. On the other hand, she is committed once more to making her payments, as with the previous loans she had. She also likes being a part of her community bank because all of the members are responisble and supportive. Upon getting your support, Nieves will invest the money in buying 2 bags of pea seed and various bags of organic fertilizer with her next planting.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue


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