A loan of $1,100 helped to buy cacao plants.

Donatila's story

47-year-old Donatilda is an enthusiastic and hard-working woman who lives in her own home together with her partner, 48-year-old Deonicio, and her three beloved children who she would like to provide with a better quality of life. Donatilda worked on her parents' land from a very young age. With some savings that she had and her inheritance from her parents, she now owns four hectares of land which she works diligently and has managed to make very productive.

Amongst the crops that Donatilda grows are cacao, coffee and coca leaf. She takes her produce and sells it wholesale to middlemen in the towns of San Francisco and Quimbiri. Her crops have provided her with the income she needs to support herself and cover her family expenses. What she most enjoys about her work is caring for her crops as she feels very happy doing this. She has been in this business for 23 years and she considers the most difficult part of her work to be transporting her crops from her farm to the warehouse centers where they are dried. For this reason, she hires laborers who help her transport her crops.

Donatilda will use the loan she has requested to buy more cacao plants which she will graft and thereby profit from their fruit quickly. In the future, Donatilda would like to buy more land so that she can increase her crops. This will be her 12th loan from MFP and she hopes to receive this small loan so that she can achieve her goals. For her part, she pledges to make her repayments on time as she did with her previous loan.

Donatilda enjoys being part of her community bank because all of the members are responsible people. She will use the 3,000 Peruvian soles to buy cacao plants so that she can graft them and thereby profit from their fruit more quickly.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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