A loan of $750 helped to buy 800 banana plants.

Arturo's story

Arturo, 40, is a hardworking man. He lives at home with Martha, his wife of three years. They have two children: Jazmín and Génesis that they care for in their own home located in the indigenous community of Alianza. His main job is teaching illiterate senior citizens to read and write. This activity provides him income since it’s paid for by the Peruvian State.

In his spare time, though, he works on his farmland. Every morning with the sun’s first rays he heads out to his coffee, banana, avocado and achiote fields which are located about an hour away. What he most enjoys about his work is tilling the soil, something he does with much dedication. He’s been in this line of work for 20 years and considers the most difficult part having to work in two places at the same time because there's never enough time. For later on, he plans to buy new land to expand his crops because he currently has only one hectare.

He belongs to the “Alianza al Progreso” (Alianza toward Progress) communal bank and this is the second MFP loan where he knows that he has to make his installment payments on time because that’s a rule of his communal bank. Also, he gives thanks for the support received. If Arturo were to receive your support, he’ll use the requested money to buy 800 banana seedlings that he’ll transplant in his fields. He’ll use the rest of the money to cover crop maintenance costs.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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