A loan of $1,125 helped to buy seeds and sacks of fertilizer as well as hire workers and pay for transportation.

Walter's story

Walter is 34 years old. He has lived with his spouse for 10 years and together they are raising three children under 8. This family lives in the Santo Domingo neighborhood in the Tapo district. Walter works in agriculture on cropland located in his own community. He plants peas, beans and potatoes, products that he sells on market days in the wholesalers' market in Tama. His crops sell right away and most are taken to the city of Lima for buyers who travel to that area. In this way, he has been able to support his young family and give his children a decent education in their community's school. " It's good to work the earth, but there are days with losses too. For example, 5 years ago, I lost 2 hectares of potatoes due to frost", he explains. He notes that thanks to that problem he learned to take care of his crops more tenaciously. Walter hopes to in time expand his land and plants more crops. He also wants to give his young children the education that he, due to lack of money, had no access to. "My children are the most valuable thing I can have. For them I will keep working", he remarks. This would be his 8th loan with MFP. For this is reason, he is committed to making his payments on time. At the same time, he is grateful to the organization and to his communal bank for the growth opportunity they have shown him along the way. With the money from the loan, Walter will buy potato seed and sacks of fertilizer. He calculates that it won't be more than 2000 soles, and with what is left over he will pay for the transportation service and labor costs. This is all for his next crop in May.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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