A loan of $750 helped to buy sacks of natural fertilizers.

Maria's story

María, age 41, is a determined single mother. She lives with her two daughters, Salome and Noe, in her own home in the village of Carita. María works very hard to get ahead and is satisfied with what she has obtained up to this point. For the past 21 years, she has been growing potatoes, beans, and peas on two hectares of farmland that is situated parallel to her house. She also has an irrigation system at her disposal. What she enjoys most about her work are the endless hours required to achieve ripe fruit from the land. María feels happy when she can sell her crops after investing so much time into her work. She says that the wholesale market in the city of Tarma buys her crops for a very good price. Her greatest difficulty is paying the expenses related to her children’s university studies. For this reason, she began making cheese using the milk produced by her cows. María says that she sells five cheese molds every day. Now she is planning to travel to Lima in order to sell her crops because there is more demand.

María is a member of the Communal Bank “Progreso Carita” and this will be her tenth loan with MFP. She feels fulfilled because of the support she has received so that she can continue pressing forward. In addition, she promises to be prompt with her payments. María is planning to plant potatoes of the “Yungay” and “Andina” varieties. For this reason, she will invest the money she requested in the purchase of natural fertilizers so that she can begin a successful farming season.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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