A loan of $375 helped to hire day workers.

Saul's story

Saúl, 50, has lived with his spouse for nearly ten years. They have seven children but only six of them live with them in their own house. Saúl’s been a farmer since childhood; he teaches this way of life to his children who help him with field chores. He also makes “masato” (a traditional jungle beverage made from fermented manioc) to sell to visitors. Of his five parcels of land he only produces on half a parcel; he grows coffee, manioc, annatto and ginger. “We own land but we lack capital to produce in larger quantities,” he points out as his main problem. He also adds that if he could exploit all of his land he’d earn higher profits and attain a better quality of life represented by a remodeled house, a new roof, new kitchen appliances, etc.

This is the first time he’s worked with MFP and in the communal bank. He comments that he feels good and hopes that many new things will come from this new work strategy. He will use the money he plans to receive to expand his banana and manioc crops as well as continue with the ginger, coffee and annatto. To do so, he must pay labor costs which he figures will be 25 soles per day per worker.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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