A loan of $375 helped to purchase fertilizer and hire laborers.

Celia's story

Celia, 43, is a single woman. She has three children. The two older ones live in the city of Lima, and she only lives with the youngest, who is 13, in her own house in the native community of Villa María Alto Yurinaki in the province of Chanchamayo. Celia is an exemplary woman and mother.

She works as a farmer on her three parcels of agricultural land where she grows coffee and bananas. She sells her crops in the city of Pichanaki. The work is very tiring for her alone, so she hires laborers to clean her fields and poseo (accumulating dirt around the plants). She also has a coffee seedling nursery, so for this activity she will invest in the purchase of bags of fertilizer. Their sale is as profitable as selling coffee beans.

Celia is also a primary school teacher. Every morning, she goes to work with her characteristic charisma and dedication. All of her effort is so that she and her children can get ahead. She constantly travels to visit them and take care of them. She feels proud of them because each one has their goals set, and that is the most gratifying thing about her many years of work.

This will be Celia's first loan with MFP, so she wants to mention that she will be on time with all of her payments. "Los Productores Yaneshas" is her recent community bank and she thinks that with a group, her achievements will be greater.

She will use her loan to purchase bags of fertilizer, to pay laborers to clean her fields, and to bag her seedlings.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eileen Lloyd

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