A loan of $450 helped to buy sacks of organic fertilizer.

Eugenia's story

Eugenia is 43, and lives with her partner Francisco. They have three children, ages 21 and 19. She and her family live together in their own house, in the San Carlos neighborhood in Chanchamayo district. Eugenia is a tireless and strong-willed woman.

She has been farming for 20 years, and grows fruit. She has twelve plots of crop land, where she grows coffee and bananas. She is aware that the work is very hard, and requires a great deal of dedication and investment, but she likes the work, because everything she gets is the product of her efforts.

The coffee provides her with annual income, and in the meantime, she pays for her daily expenses by growing bananas. "I harvest 30 crates of bananas every week. I sell each one for ten soles," she says. She gets 200 sacks of coffee from her coffee plantation, and each one of them is 60 kilos. This way she gets from 600 to 800 soles for each sack, depending on the seasonal price.

Her husband and older children help her with the work, but when there is more work to do, she resorts to hiring laborers. She wishes to expand her coffee plantings, and for that she will buy other plots of land outside the city.

This would be the first time that Eugenia would get a loan from MFP. That is why she pledges to make her installment payments on time. She feels excited to belong to the "San Carlos" communal bank. When she receives the money, she will use it to buy several sacks of organic fertilizer for seven parcels of coffee-growing land.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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