A loan of $750 helped to buy pea and bean seeds and bags of fertilizer.

Julia's story

Julia, 47, has been living with her partner for 18 years. Together, they have three sons, who are 24, 23 and 14 years old. This family lives in a rented house in Huasahuasi district. Julia works in the fields. She plants potatoes, sweet peas, corn and broad beans on her own parcels of land

With her husband’s help Julia has learned how to combat the inclemencies that this arduous work involves. She states that years ago her potato fields dried out because of excess rain and lack of care. Now, she not only cultivates potatoes but has learned how to apportion her time in order to vary her production with green vegetables and legumes. “I am doing well, since I have buyers who come from Lima and take away my potatoes and vegetables,” Julia states, adding that this system is advantageous, because it prevents her crops from spoiling or rotting. In addition, she raises and fattens farm animals such as cows, guinea pigs and pigs; she sells the guinea pigs every 15 days to one month while she sells the pigs and cows every four to five months.

Julia hopes to build her own house and for this reason she works every day to increase her savings because she knows that with dedication and perseverance, she will eventually be able to do so. This will be her 13th loan from MFP. She is pleased to continue working with the organization and is committed to making her payments on time. At the same time, she notes that she likes working with her communal bank. With money from the loan she will be able to purchase pea and bean seeds for, on average, 1,200 soles, and with the rest she will buy bags of organic fertilizer.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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