A loan of $375 helped to buy seven sacks of fertilizer and to hire day laborers.

Marianela's story

Marianela is 24 years old and lives with her partner, Jean, with whom she has a daughter named Sarely. They live in a house that they own in the native community of San Román Bajo, located in the Perené district and the Chanchamayo province. She works a lot and agriculture is her life since she grew up surrounded by coffee plantations. Her parents worked in coffee production and following their example, she does as well.

Marianela is content and she says that she has four parcels of land where she only grows coffee. She cares for all of her crops equally and she has always done well in sales. When prices have fallen, she has had several difficulties but she never lost her investment. She and her partner work together but it is not enough, which is why they hire operations staff to speed up the work. “I get 35-40 sacks from my fields. I do well”, she says.

She has plans for the short term, including renting land to increase her coffee production, as it is very profitable. This way, she will provide her family with the financial support she has been longing for. This will be Marianela’s first loan with MFP and she promises to make her repayments on time. She is happy being a member of La Bella Durmiente Communal Bank.

With this loan, she will be able to buy seven sacks of organic fertilizer and pay the day laborers for working her coffee fields.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kathleen O'Connell

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