A loan of $375 helped to buy sacks of natural fertilizer.

Maria's story

María, 48, is a very calm person. She lives with her husband of 22 years, Oscar. They have six children but only four of them live at home in the town of Hualahoyo. Because of her good disposition, she has been able to face her problems with much optimism. She rents farmland which means she has to work even harder to pay the yearly rent. Her main crops are potatoes, corn, peas and lima beans and she cares for them with much dedication since her income depends on this. But since she is conscious of the fact that harvest only occurs once a year she also raises small animals such as hens and sheep which she sells for a good price. And she has a dairy cow and calf and sells milk for 2 PEN a liter which adds to her income. She belongs to the communal bank "Hualahoyo al progreso" and this is her first loan through MFP which she counts on for support in carrying out her plans. She is committed to paying back the loan on time. She enjoys being a part of the association because all the members are responsible and very supportive. María plans to use the loan to buy fertilizer and seeds for her new "Yungay" potato crop.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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