A loan of $750 helped to buy 3 thousand banana plants and several sacks of fertilizer.


Maria's story

María, 56, is a responsible, hardworking woman. Despite separating from her husband, she continues to work in order to take care of her two daughters with whom she lives in the community of Unión Palomar (in the middle of the Peruvian forest). She is an agriculturalist and has spent 33 years cultivating the land. What pleases her most is how dedicated her daughters are to her plots of land since they help her tend, clean and fertilize her fields, which are planted primarily in coffee. After the harvest, she sells her crop in the Alto Palomar Cooperative. But what generates her daily but less profitable earnings are her banana and avocado crops, which she markets every 15 days in Punte Paucartambo, a marketing annex between the cities of Villa Rica and Oxapampa. To insure her daughters’ future, she is planning to improve her coffee cultivation to increase her income since the price of coffee went up this year. María belongs to the “Prestatarios de la unión palomar” communal bank and this will be her second loan from MFP. She hopes to obtain financial support from all of you. In addition, she promises to work for the development of her communal bank and to make her payments on time. Upon receiving your support, she will invest her loan in the purchase of several sacks of natural fertilizers to apply to her coffee plants. She also intends to buy 3 thousand new banana plants to renew her banana plantation, where she will also spread fertilizer one month after planting.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney


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