A loan of $375 helped to purchase bags of manure and to hire farm workers..


Christian's story

Christian, 28 years old, lives with Monica with whom he has 2 children aged 10 years and 2 months. This family lives in their own house in Villa María Alto Yurinaki, an indigenous community in the Chanchamayo Province.

Christian is a businessman and a very hard worker. He does agricultural work on his 3 parcels of land, growing coffee, plantains, and cassava. Plantains are much sought after in the region around Villa María due to its good soil and mild climate. So every two weeks Christian harvests 20 "arrobas" ["arroba" is a unit of measure equal to 24-36 pounds depending on the region], which he sells with great success in the city of Pichanaki.

He likes his work because he is more independent and especially because his own efforts determine his income. To facilitate his work he hires personnel who help him to build up the soil around the plants, remove weeds, and plant his crops, mainly the coffee. When he finds himself in some economic tight spot, the plantain and cassava always get him through, since they are biweekly while the coffee is annual. He wants to plant more produce for the next month, and to do so he will rent land from neighbors or friends.

This will be the first loan that Christian has received from MFP. He takes responsibility for being punctual in making his payments. He is happy to belong to "Los Productores Yaneshas" communal bank. On obtaining the money, he will be able to purchase bags of fertilizer for his coffee plants and will pay for the services of the farm workers who will support him in the arduous work.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Laura Melbourne


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