A loan of $950 helped to buy several bags of fertilizers.


Epifanio's story

Sixty-one year old Epifanio is a special man. He lives with his beloved wife Reina, whom he married 35 years ago. They have 7 children, but only one lives with them, Franck, whom they look after lovingly in their own house located in the small village of Santa Cruz – Acostambo. He is an exemplary man. He had to start working the land from the age of 18. He also bought and sold cattle. As time went by, he started and raised a family, of which he feels proud today. He grows potatoes, barley, broad beans, quinoa, peas and other vegetables. “I’ve still to grow lentils”, he comments friendlily. Over the years, he acquired experience and ability for business, so much so, that he was able to buy his own farming land. He did not stop breeding animals, however. He has several cows that produce milk for sale. This way he obtains some extra money, as well as feeding his family with some of it. This is his fifteenth loan with MFP and he is happy to know that he will receive financial support and will be able to carry on with his work. He promises to pay the installments on time. He likes being part of the association because all its members are responsible and supportive. If he gets the loan, Epifanio will use the money to buy several bags of natural fertilizers to use on his potato and barley crops.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ana Chávez-Tafur


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