A loan of $1,100 helped to buy sacks of organic fertilizer.

Fortunato's story

Fortunato, age 65, is a humble man. Thirty-three years ago he joined his life with Agustina, who has been his wife for eight years. They have four children, and all of them are adults. Now they live alone in their own house in the rural community of San Juan de la Libertad. The San Juan zone is known for its good farmland upon which potatoes are mostly grown. That is why the name of the association is “Capital Semillera” (Seed Money).

He started his occupation as a farmer when he was very young. From then on he has planted all types of potatoes like “pericholi” (a white potato that is sweet and full of water), “canchan” (has a pink, thin skin; the meat is of a pale whitish color), and "yungay" (round white potato good for boiling). Everything depends upon the harvesting season and the quality of the plants. Through his painstaking work and his dedication he acquired three hectares of farmland. With the land he was able to get good income and support his children. He now proudly comments, “All of them live in the United States.”

He is proud of what he has achieved. He wants to continue working the land where he was born until the end of his days. In all of this time he managed to get a truck, which he uses to transport his fruit and vegetable cargo throughout the country. In addition, he visits the coast of the country every six months to sell the seeds that he harvests. He therefore wants to continue planting and improving the quality of his crops.

He belongs to the “Capital Semillera” (Seed Money) Commual Bank. This is his seventh loan with MFP. He hopes for your collaboration in order to achieve his objectives. He pledges to make his payments on time. Fortunato will use the requested loan to buy various sacks of organic fertilizers to apply to his yungay potato crops, which he has planted on a hectare of farmland. He is thinking of using that land for the “única” variety of potato for the next harvest.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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