A loan of $1,125 helped to buy bags of pea seeds and hire day laborers.

Alicia's story

Luz is 31, and lives with her partner Aquiles. They have two children: Lucila is 13, and Talia is 7. They live in their own house, located in the settlement of Cumutay, in Huasahuasi district. She is a farmer,and grows potatoes, peas, and corn. She also raises animals such as cows and bulls.

From the cows she gets a good quantity of milk for making cheeses. She sells the cheese in the city of Huasihuasi, and gets good earnings. She has been farming and raising livestock for more than 20 years now. What she likes best about her work is putting into practice what her parents taught her. Luz sells her products in the wholesale markets in Tarma and Huancayo, and to do this she pays for transporting the sacks of potatoes.

Farmwork is tiring, and that's why she hires hands to speed up the job. She is the one who takes on the job of preparing the food for her partner Aquiles, and for the day laborers. That is the routine of farming, but she likes what she does, and that is why she will keep working for a long time.

She belongs to the "Pioneros de Cumutay" communal bank, and this would be her sixth loan with MFP, so she is hoping for support from all of you, to succeed with her plans. In addition, she promises to make her installment payments on time.

She will use the money to buy five bags of pea seeds, at 500 soles each, to begin planting. She will allocate the remainder for paying the laborers that she will hire.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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