A loan of $750 helped to purchase fertilizers and to hire farmhands.

Carmen's story

Carmen is 46 years old and she is married with Herminio. They have 4 children together but only one of their daughters, Merly who is 15 years old, lives with them. In family unity, the three of them live in a house which is their own property and it is located in the locality of Union Palomar (central Peruvian jungle). Carmen's beautiful smile speaks to her vitality. She has been involved in agriculture for 9 years and her primary plantation is coffee, bananas, and avocadoes.

What she most enjoys is being able to get rid of invasive weeds (types of plants that grow within the cultivation) which grow constantly. This is how she ensure that her cultivations will grow without major obstacles. The daily effort she invests in her cultivations, especially bananas, allows her to make 2 trips per month to the cities of La Merced and Villa Rica to sell her products. But she knows that the coffee harvest season is only once per year and she wants to improve and expand the plantation of different fruits to ensure that she will not face any financial inconveniences. For the time being she is getting ready to glean the coffee (a collection of the last ripe grains) from where she hopes to obtain good earnings. She is a member of the communal bank "La Union Hace la Fuerza del Palomar", meaning "Unity is the Strength of Palomar" and it is her second loan with MFP (Kiva Field Partner). She hopes to have the support from all of you to be able to move forward with her objectives. She is committed to making her loan payments on time. Carmen, on receiving your support, will invest the funds she requests in the transplantation of her coffee plants into productive farmland. For this she will need several sacks of natural fertilizers and farmhands to help with the process.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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