A loan of $375 helped to take on day laborers.

Maruja's story

Maruja is 42 years old and she is separated. She has eight children; the eldest is 18 years old and the youngest is six. Maruja lives with five of her children in her own house in the indigenous community of San Román Bajo de Perené in the province of Chanchamayo. Maruja grew up in the countryside. She saw her parents working the land and so she learned to manage her own land very easily. She now has three plots of arable land, where she grows coffee. The crop is very well looked after by her and her children. They divide their time between weeding, fertilizing and harvesting the crop.

During harvesting time, the work is more intense, so Maruja has to take on workers to speed things up. Once harvested, the produce is transported to Pichanaki city and sold by the kilogram, in cans or in crates. The buyers there all know Maruja.

"From my three farms I get eight sacks of coffee of about 80 kg and I sell to private buyers, but if I don't find them, I take the coffee to a cooperative that always buys it," she says.

She is happy and hopes to increase her production; in order to do this she must rent or buy more land. That is her next goal. This will be the first time that Maruja has had a loan from MFP, so she is showing herself to be responsible for the repayments. She belongs to the "La Bella Durmiente" communal bank, which she feels happy and hopeful about. By obtaining this money, she will be able to hire the workers necessary to weed, fertilize and harvest her coffee plantations.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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