A loan of $375 helped to hire day laborers.


Santos's story

Santos is 33, and lives with María, 30. They have three children and live in their own house in the community of Nueva Fortaleza, in Pichari district. He grows cacao, and sells it to the middlemen in the city. He has a parcel of land, and there he devotes most of his time to his plants; fertilizing and pruning them from time to time. He tells us that in the beginning it was very difficult for him to get established; but due to his persevering nature, he didn't neglect his plants. Now they generate good profits for him, and with those he can pay for his children's necessities. This will be his first loan with MFP, so he is committed to making his payments on time. With the 1,000 soles he is applying for, he will hire day laborers so that he do the pruning of his plants.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie


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