A loan of $375 helped to buy sacks of organic fertilizer.

Rosa's story

Rosa is 44 years old and lives with her husband, Fernando. They have six children, most of whom have their own families now. However their youngest daughter of 8 still lives with them in a home of their own, located in Puente Paucartambo, within the Chanchamayo province. Rosa and Fernando are an incredible couple. They’ve shared their lives for about 20 years, educating and caring for their children. They have 30 quintals of coffee, orange trees, lemons, and avocados planted on 5 hectares.

This activity allowed them to save up the necessary capital to buy a small truck, which one of their older sons drives. They provide freight services with this vehicle and move the harvests, most of the time crates of fruit, for their neighbors in town. She says, “We charge about 80 PEN for each trip, but it depends on the amount of freight.”

In this way she works in coordination with her son and the income benefits both.

Among Rosa’s desires, she wants to see her eight year old daughter develop a professional career and get a higher education. For this reason, she will continue working until she reaches her goals. Thanks to the recommendation of some of the members of the “Luz del Futuro” (Light of the Future) communal bank, Sandra also joined. This will be [Rosa’s] first loan through MFP. She enthusiastically states that she will be on time with the monthly payments.

Upon receiving the money from this loan, she will be able to buy sacks of organic fertilizer for her coffee crops, which she estimates will be ready to harvest in May and June.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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