A loan of $750 helped to hire day laborers.

Silvia's story

Silvia, 36, is a cheerful and hardworking woman. She lives in her own home along with her six beloved children, who are the main motivation for all her efforts. The products, the growth of which, with so much willingness and dedication, Silvia and her husband have accomplished, have helped them a lot in their lives' progress. Every morning she begins to work on their land, since she knows that the quality of her crops and price she obtains will depend on the care she provides to her plantings of cocoa, coffee and achiote. What she most enjoys about her work is caring for the crops and she feels very happy when she sees them large and leafy. She has been in this business for ten years, and considers the most difficult part to be transporting the heavy sacks of her product to the city of San Francisco [Peru], a place where she receives better prices for her crops.

Silvia is seeking the loan to hire laborers to provide them support in the respective maintenance of their plants, such as pruning and removing weeds. In the future she hopes to plant more cocoa, since she has spaces which remain uncultivated. This will be her eighth loan with MFP and she is happy to have the lenders' support since, thanks to their support she is prospering. Silvia wishes to benefit from the loan at this time as well, and so she is willing to make her payments punctually. With the 2,000 Peruvian soles she is requesting, she will hire day laborers to help them with clearing the land and harvesting the products.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Meg Wolfe-Roberts

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