A loan of $1,125 helped buy 3 bags of pea seedlings and 10 bags of manure.

Elias's story

Elías, 66, was widowed 4 years ago. He has 6 children who are now independent and live elsewhere. Elías lives in his own house in the “2 de Mayo” neighborhood in the district of Huasahuasi in the province of Tarma.

Elías works in agriculture. All of his life he’s been surrounded by crops and Andean products which gave him much satisfaction and worry. At his age, he’s still able to manage being a farmer. He sows peas, potatoes, corn and broad beans. He has to do this to harvest every month and that way make enough money cover his everyday costs.

From his potato plot, he harvests about 30 bags that he sells in the city of Huasahuasi to buyers he has lined up. From his pea crops, he harvests from 15 to 20 bags that he sells in the city of Tarma, as well as the corn and broad beans. That was how he was able to support his children, who come to visit him and help him with the work. He’s happy with his work, but he’s aware that, as the years go on his strength won’t be the same; that’s why he takes great pains to save money and work in groups. This would be his 8th loan with MFP and he promises to be punctual with his monthly payments. He’s part of the Communal Bank “Dos de Mayo” and feels satisfied and pleased by the work support.

With the loan, he’ll be able to buy 3 bags of pea seedlings and 10 bags of organic manure to guarantee the growth of the peas.

Translator profile picture

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Beatriz Yuste

Loan details

Lenders and lending teams

Loan details