A loan of $200 helped to buy orange plants and to hire day laborers.

Eva's story

Eva, 45, lives with Andrés and has five children but only lives with her youngest 16-year-old since the others are now independent. She lives in her own house in the indigenous community of San Pablo de Shaoriato, Pichanaki District in Chanchamayo Province.

Eva works very much. Farming is her life because as a little girl she grew up surrounded by coffee and banana plantations. That’s what her parents did and faithful to their example so does she. Eva comments that she has ten parcels of land where she grows coffee, achiote, ginger and bananas. She cares for all these crops equally and has always done well with her sales. Many times when prices dropped she’d have problems but she never lost her investment; she’d recuperate with the sale of her other products. Eva and Andrés work together but it’s not enough. Because of that they invest in hiring staff to quicken the daily work load.

She has plans she expects to carry out in a short time. She has a parcel destined for banana planting but needs 250 offshoots to start her planting. She also plans to produce citrus fruit like oranges and lemons. For that, she must save up and buy new plants.

This will be the first time Eva accesses an MFP loan. She takes on the responsibility of being punctual with her installment payments. She feels happy to belong to the “Los Norionkis de San Pablo” communal bank.

With the money she’ll be able to buy new orange plants to plant in her fields. She’ll also use the money to pay labor costs for day laborers who will plant the new oranges.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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