A loan of $750 helped to buy ten sacks of fertilizer, and pea seeds.

Luz's story

Luz Daria, a young woman of 18, is single, and lives with her parents and three brothers in their own house in Huasihuasi district. At her young age, Luz Daria has already taken her first steps in the world of business.

She is thankful to her parents for what they've taught her and for the land she received to fend for herself as a farmer. That is how green and healthy plants grow on her plots; potatoes, peas, carrots, lettuce and lima beans.

Each one of her vegetables has different months of production, "If in January I'm growing potatoes, I'm harvesting carrots, and if I'm growing vegetables in October, I'm already selling peas; so I don't overlook anything", she explains.

Her parents and brothers support her in this hard work, but as the land is hers by inheritance, she is the one who takes charge if she doesn't have a crew available. For example, she hires hands or day laborers, who she pays by the day to clear, till, and harvest.

Luz Daria has clear goals. "I want to save some money and study to be an executive secretary or accounting, she says, with the confidence of being young enough to achieve it.

This would be her 12th loan from MFP. She is confident that she will pay her instalments on time. Her communal bank is called "San Juan", and she feels happy to be part of it. With the loan money, she will buy ten sacks of organic fertilizer, the price of which amounts to 1,200 soles. With the remainder she will buy pea seeds.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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