A loan of $375 helped to buy sacks of manure and coffee seeds.

Irma's story

Irma, 23, has two children; one is four and the other is one year old. She’s been living with her spouse for almost two years in a humble house that’s hers, though. She and her husband farm fields they own where they grow coffee, bananas and some manioc for family consumption. Essentially, they live off coffee sales. On the other hand, her husband earns extra income working as a day worker on other fields but he doesn’t do this too frequently.

Irma is starting the farming chores. Her family is still young so she’s always had inconveniences because of that like the lack of budget, for example, and lack of personnel and land. Later on if her plans for the fields prosper she hopes to do some home improvements, to replace the rustic roof with plywood as well as some other details to provide her children with a better quality of life.

This is her first MFP loan and she hopes it will be continuous because she very much wants to grow. Work with “Los Yorinis” (her communal bank) is pleasant and serves as inspiration for her to continue enterprising. She will use the money to buy sacks of manure and fertilizer that she figures will cost about 150 soles per sack and coffee seeds to start the new planting.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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