A loan of $375 helped to hire workers and buy sacks of fertilizer.

Maria's story

María Carolina, 44, is a single mother of six children, two of which (ages 13 and 5) live with her. She has her own home in the center of the town of San Fernando de Kivinaki in the province of Chanchamayo (central forest). She is a farmer and loves what she does, as it has allowed her to provide for her children. On her cropland she grows yucca plant, plantain, beans, corn and citrus fruits.

She is an expert at selling her produce since each harvest occurs in different months of the year, and she stays stocked this way. And since she does not throw anything away, she also sells plantain leaves. "Selling the leaves is profitable, since each packet is worth 5 PEN and every two weeks I sell between 60 to 70 packets.", she says. She also buys and sells peanuts, which she purchases at 8 PEN and sells for 10 or 11 PEN. The business is easy. With the same effort and perseverance, María wants to add to her crops and grow peanuts so she can give her children a better quality of life.

This is her first loan through MFP and she is grateful for the support. She is happy to belong to the communal bank "Las Semillitas de Kivinaki" because she believes that more achievement comes through teamwork. The loan will be used to hire workers to clear the yucca and corn fields. The rest will be used to buy bags of organic fertilizer.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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