A loan of $375 helped to hire laborers and to buy sacks of organic manure.

Edis's story

Edis is 20 years old. At the age of 14 she started her life as wife and mother. She currently cares for her two children who are 4 and 6 years old alongside her partner. They live in a rustic house but located right in the indigenous community of San Pablo de Shaoriato. At her young age she’s learned how to keep and care for her home with various activities. One of them is farming. On land that her community assigned to her she grows ginger and coffee. “These products are the ones that generate the most income for me; the soil is good here and it’s advantageous for us,” she states.

From the two hectares she gets 20 loads of ginger that are transported to the city of Pichanaki in 20 trips. Although she only dedicates half a hectare to coffee she does very well. She also has a home-based store where she sells basic staple items and cold beverages that are well suited to the hot climate in the area.

Edis plans to improve her work as a merchant contacting buyers in different zones as well as expanding the store. This way she’ll remodel her home providing more rooms for her children.

This will be her first MFP loan and the first time she’s been associated with a communal bank. She commits to be punctual and constant both with the financial institution and with her group. She will use the money to hire personnel to weed and harvest the ginger fields and she’ll also buy organic manure for the coffee.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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