A loan of $375 helped to purchase coffee and ginger seeds and to hire rural workers.

Meliza's story

Meliza is 23 years old. Eight years ago she married Willy, the father of her only child, an 8-year-old son. She lives at her in-law's house.
She does mainly rural work, specifically sowing produce such as papayas, coffee, corn, ginger and plantains in the land she owns. Two years ago she opened a small grocery store at home in order to get more income for her family. With her own efforts, as well as her in-law's help, she has been able to support her son. Her husband is in the city of Lima working in music and for that reason he doesn't visit often.
Meliza reports that coffee and corn sales are profitable and there is much demand for it in the town of Pichanaki. For lack of working capital, she can't sow her produce in the quantities she would like to. That's why she wishes to expand her harvests in her in-law's plot. With luck, next year she will build her house and expand her business.
This is the first time she receives a loan from MFP. For that reason she has great expectations for her work with the communal bank, in which she feels very comfortable and enthusiastic. With the loan she hopes to get, she will purchase coffee and ginger seeds. She will also use it to hire labor which is needed for farming. Meliza says that each rural worker costs 20 to 25 soles a day.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Renata Wolff

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