A loan of $375 helped to buy sacks of fertilizer, and materials for building his house.

Carlos's story

Carlos is 58, and married to Juana. With her, he had his eight children. Now he only lives with Beto, 12, who is the youngest of all. Martin has his own house in the native community of Villa Maria Alto Yurinaki, in Chinchamayo province.

Carlos is an exemplary man. With his dedicated work as a farmer, he has been able to raise his family, and provide a decent education for his children, whom he loves very much, and for whom he works.

He learned to work the land as a child, and sell the products that nature grants him. In the hills near his community, he has three parcels of cropland, where he produces coffee.

Carlos is happy about his results. From the three parcels, he gets around 15 sacks of coffee of approximately 60 kilos each.

At the same time, he buys and sells Brown Swiss cattle. "I buy calves at 1200 soles, and when I have fattened them, I sell them for 2000 soles, so yes, it is profitable," he says.

Carlos wants to expand his livestock business, but without neglecting his crops. This would be the first loan that Carlos that has obtained from MFP. He is excited about this. Now he is part of the "Los Productores Yaneshas" communal bank, which he has high hopes for.

On receiving the money, he will buy bags of fertilizer for his coffee plantings. With what's left over, he will have the money he needs to finish building his house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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