A loan of $750 helped to buy pea seeds, sacks of manure and to hire workers.


Manuel's story

Manuel is 56 years old. He has been married to Reyda for the last 28 years, and together they have four children of whom three are financially independent. Manuel lives in his own home with with his wife, his daughter and son-in-law, and two grandchildren.

Agriculture has been, and will be, the activity that keeps him and his family, and over the course of all these years he has learned the agriculture business. He grows potatoes of the "de color" and "única" varieties on the parcels of land on his property, as these are the types that are most requested. He also grows peas of the "super mejorada", "otrillo" and "rondo" varieties.

Working in the fields signifies more to Manuel than just a means of sustenance. It is a recreation, an art, a dedication. His plants are tended with love. He brings the same approach to his work buying and selling cattle, both bulls and cows. He puts the cattle to pasture and fattens them up, obtaining earnings of about 200 soles per head. At the same time, he sells the milk produced by his cows for either direct consumption, or for making cheese and other things.

Manuel sees himself working in agriculture until the end of his days. He wants to expand his farming lands and generate more earnings. "Here I was born, and here I will die", he tells us between laughs.

With your help, Manuel will receive his 13th loan with MFP, and so he agrees to be punctual with his repayments. “Santo Domingo de Tapo” is the name of his communal bank, in which he feels trust and confidence. He will invest the money from his loan in purchasing pea seeds and farmyard manure. He has allocated 370 soles for each 25 kilo bag. The remaining money will be used to pay for labor for sowing, tending and harvesting his land.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Arabella Pollack


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