A loan of $375 helped to buy a sack of sugar, rice, oil, preserves, soft-drinks and a piece of furniture.


Pedro's story

Pedro, 40, lives with Cristina. They’ve had 8 children but only two of them who are 13 and 10 years old live with them; the rest are independent. This family lives in the indigenous community of San Pablo de Shaobiato. Pedro is a tireless man; he does a variety of things. The main and most profitable one is farming because of its variety. He grows coffee, bananas, citrus fruit (oranges, tangelos, and lemons), cocoa beans and ginger on his own land. “I sell the coffee and the cocoa beans at almost the same time; the bananas, oranges and avocadoes, too. Working like this I earn good money,” he comments happily. He also has a business selling soft-drinks, groceries and snacks that he neglected for focusing on the field work. And, if this weren’t enough, he also sells fish and meat that he brings to his community from the city of Pichanaki. For this last work he bought a car for transport. Pedro hopes to consolidate the grocery business into a store where he will sell a variety of products so he will continue with the coordinated work. This will be his first loan thanks to MFP’s help. He is convinced that he will make his payments punctually. With respect to the communal bank, he mentions that he feels happy and hopeful. If he were to get the loan, he will use it to buy a sack of sugar, a sack of rice, oil in bottles, conserves, soft-drinks, etc. and a piece of furniture to equip his store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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