A loan of $750 helped tp buy bags of rice, sugar, milk, oil, soda, and beer and also to expand their store.

Abram's story

Abram, who is thrifty and honest, is 60 years old. For 40 years, he has been married to Julia, his inseparable partner who is 55 years old, and they’ve raised seven children who have now left home. Together they care for their seven year old grandson in their humble but tidy home in their native community of Pucharini.

Abram has worked as a farmer since he was a boy and in his old age he continues to farm avocados, bananas, plantains, oranges, and other types of citrus. He has had to hire other people to help him plant, cultivate, and harvest these crops. At the same time, Abram offers his services as a natural healer, a job which nature and the years have taught him. “I am well-known. Sometimes people from La Merced, Satipo, and other places come to have a cleansing with medicinal plants. I earn 20 soles per person, and there are days when groups of 15 or 20 come,” says Abram. Also, he adds that he gets a good revenue, 15 to 20 soles, from each case of 200 avocados.

For her part, Julia has a small store in their home, since due to her age she no longer works in the fields. Together they teach their grandson that their daughter, for personal reasons during childbirth, has left. She thinks that after a few years she will consolidate her store, since her energy won’t be the same in the future. For that reason they are eager to see their grandson grow up with them.

With her help, Abram will be able to get his fourth loan from MFP, and he is committed to being punctual with his payments. “As with the previous loans, I will pay everything, because it’s a great help to my family, working with MFP and my communal bank,” he says. With the money that he gets, Abram and Julia will buy bags of rice, sugar, cases of milk, cans of oil, and soda and beer to sell. The will also install new shelves that will attract customers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jodi Nelan

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