A loan of $750 helped to buy sacks of fertilizer and to hire farm hands.


Erlinda's story

Erlinda, 56, is married to Jesús. They have nine children together but only two still live with them: Edén and César. They live together as a family in their own house located in Unión Popular (Peruvian Central Jungle). This couple, despite their advanced age, continues together and, above all, working very hard to raise their last two children. They’ve been farming for the last 16 years; their main crops are coffee, avocados and bananas. Erlinda tells us that they both coordinate to sell their entire crops. While she goes to La Merced Central Market to sell bananas that are harvested every two weeks her husband, Jesús, sells the coffee beans at the Alto Palomar Cooperative. All the effort they’ve expended over the years has led to their now having more than 3 hectares of farmland that produce their family’s support. The couple’s plan is to increase both the quality and the quantity of their crops. She belongs to the “La Unión Hace la Fuerza” (Unity Makes Strength) communal bank and this is the second MFP loan where she’s sure she’ll meet her goals with help from her association’s members. Because of this, she commits to make her installment payments punctually. If Erlinda were to receive your support, she will use the requested money to buy tools to remove the weeds that grow among her plants and to do so she’ll hire farmhands. She will also buy several sacks of natural fertilizer to nourish her coffee plants.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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