A loan of $200 helped to hire day laborers and to buy food for them.

Edith's story

Edith, 22, has been sharing her life with Adán for the last 8 years; they have three children who are 7, 5, and 2 years old. This happy family lives in the indigenous community of Alto San Pablo de Shaoriato in Pichanaki Province in Chanchamayo.

Edith grew up in the countryside. She watched her parents work the land and that’s how she learned to develop easily in her own land. She now has two parcels of farmable land where she grows coffee and ginger. Each of these products is very well cared for by her and by Adán. They both divide their time up between weeding, fertilizing and harvesting their crops.

When it is harvest time and work is more intense she has to hire staff to make it go more quickly. Once harvested, she transports her products to the city of Pichanaki to be sold by the kilo, can or case. Buyers there already know her.

“In a year, 1000 kilos of ginger is produced and I sell it for 2 soles a kilo; it is profitable but one has to clean it always,” she comments. She’s happy because she’s concerned about organic production and she hopes to multiply production. To do so, she must lease or buy more land. Those are her immediate goals.

This will be the first time Edith will get an MFP loan and she states that she will be responsible with her installment payments. She’s a member of the “Los Norionkis de Alto San Pablo” communal bank that she feels happy and hopeful about.

She will use the money to pay day laborers to clean her coffee and ginger crops; in addition she’ll buy food to feed them.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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