A loan of $375 helped to buy cassava seeds.

Celia's story

27-year-old Celia is a serious and hard-working woman. Together with her husband Juan, she cares for her five children in her own home which is located in the indigenous community of Kivinaki (in the central Peruvian rainforest).

Celia has been farming for 20 years. She grows a variety of citrus fruits on her two hectares of farmland. What she most enjoys about her work is being able to get rid of the weeds that grow between the trees as she likes to see them clean and healthy. "The success of obtaining good fruit depends a lot on providing good care" she confirms. Celia's fruit are certainly very much sought after. So much so, in fact, that the fruit sellers themselves come to her land to buy her produce from her. Now Celia is planning to start growing cassava as it is in good demand these days and there are few farmers who grow this food. She is certain that, through her hard work and determination, she will be able to make good profits as she wants to be able to provide her children with a good quality of life.

Celia belongs to the 'Flor de Almendra' community bank and this is her second loan cycle with MFP. She hopes to work determinedly in order to help her association make progress. She also pledges to make her loan repayments on time. Although everybody in her town has already harvested their citrus fruit, Celia is just starting to gather her ripe fruit. With your support, she will invest the money she has requested in buying several sacks of natural fertilizers to spread over her plantations. She will also buy cassava seeds which she plans to sow.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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