A loan of $550 helped to buy pea seeds and sacks of organic fertilizer.

Elizabeth's story

Elizabeth is 26 years old. She is a single and hard-working woman who lives with her mom and dad who she loves and cares for in their own home which is located in the small village of Cumutay.

Elizabeth has been farming since she was 20 years old. Her main crops are potatoes and peas. What she most enjoys about her work is being able to care for her calf while she is getting rid of the weeds that grow amongst her crops. What she doesn't enjoy are the seasons when farmers harvest a large quantity of vegetables as they flood the market and don't allow her to make good profits. However, during such seasons she leaves her peas to dry and turns them into seeds. She then sells the sacks of seeds for a better price in the central market in Tarma. This allows her to stabilize her finances. In addition, Elizabeth also spends her spare time teaching children under the age of 5. She tells us that, as a young woman, her community bank plays a dominant role in her life since it helps her to grow and forge new goals. Elizabeth is planning to open a restaurant in her area as there isn't one right now.

Elizabeth is a member of the 'Pioneros de Cumutay' (Cumutay Pioneers) community bank and this is her ninth loan from MFP. She hopes, once more, to receive your support in helping her achieve her goals. For her part, she pledges to be punctual in making her loan repayments. With your support, Elizabeth will invest the money she has requested in buying two bags of pea seeds which she will sow shortly. She will also buy several sacks of organic fertilizer so that she can make a successful start to this season.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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