A loan of $750 helped to buy sacks of organic fertilizer, and hire laborers.

Yolinda's story

Yolanda is 20, and has been living with her partner, Javier, 24, for three years. They have a two year-old daughter named Maybet. This young family lives in their own home in the settlement of San Juan, in Huasahuasi district.

At a young age, she learned to work the land. She and Javier have their own land, and there they grow potatoes and "criollo" variety green peas. They take their harvest to the wholesale market in the city of Tarma. They also make cheeses, using ingredients such as milk, lamb rennet, and salt. Every two weeks they sell 20 cheeses, that they sell in their community for six soles, and for ten soles in Tarma.

Both activities benefit her. The plants take five months to harvest, and in the meantime, she is earning other income from selling cheese. In addition, Javier works as laborer on other people's farms, and earns 25 soles a day.

Yolinda says that her family has many years ahead, so she hopes to increase her business, expanding her production of potatoes and green peas, and attracting more customers.

This would be her 12th loan with MFP. In the past she has made her payments on time, and intends to do so now also. Regarding her communal bank, she says she feels happy and supported.

The loan money will be used to buy organic fertilizers for the April harvest, in which she will invest approximately 1,500 soles. With the remainder, she will pay for laborers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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