A loan of $1,100 helped to buy bags of fertilizer.

Felipe's story

Felipe is 60 years old. He lives with his partner Cirila who is 48 years old. They live with their 4 children in the city of Quimbiri, where they have their own house built of rustic materials and a tin roof.

Even when Felipe was young, he worked on his parents land and at the same time he was working as a laborer on different farms. With the passage of time he met his partner and they bought their own land. With the need to pay the family expenses he has been working very hard.

He currently has 4 hectares of planted cacao trees, coffee and achiote. The coffee bean is the product with the highest demand because of the quality and aroma it offers to merchants and as a result he receives a good income.

Normally he works alone, but during harvest season he counts of the help of his children so that he can progress more quickly in the extraction and selection of his product.

With the loan he is requesting, he will buy a large quantity of manure and guano to improve the quality of his products. He hopes fate grant him a couple of years of strength and momentum to work their land. This will be Felipe's first loan with MFP and he hopes to benefit from the loans in order to advance and improve their farm. With the requested amount, he will be able to buy several bags of fertilizer.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Dina Bach

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