A loan of $375 helped to buy coffee seedlings and bags of manure.

Dario's story

61-year old Darío is a wonderful father to his three children aged 17, 15, and 13. His wife Vacelisa died two years ago, and since then he has worked hard to ensure that his children lack for nothing. He lives with his children in a simple house that belongs to him in an area adjacent to Pumpuriani.

Darío has always worked in agriculture. On his five hectares of land he grows coffee, bananas, yucca, and pituca. He also has another two hectares which are lying fallow. His three children help him with the work: planting, tending, watering, and harvesting the crops. “Growing coffee has always provided me with a good income despite having to harvest twice a year,” says Darío when talking about the profitability of his work, “but it’s worth the trouble.” He says overcoming financial issues has been his biggest problem as on occasion he hasn’t been able to afford to buy coffee plants and fertilizer.

As well as his fields, Darío has a small store in his home where he sells various products. It urgently needs more stock.

With the income from his harvests, this hardworking father will be able to buy furnishings for his store and more items to sell which, in turn, will bring in more customers. As well, he will have his sixth loan from MFP with which he and his family will be able to get ahead. He enjoys working with Las Abejitas de Pumpurani (the name of his community bank), and the tireless work the group has done.

He plans to buy coffee seedlings and manure to enrich the soil with the loan money so he can look forward to a good harvest in April and May. The manure alone will cost about 800 soles.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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