A loan of $1,500 helped to buy natural fertilizers.

Maria's story

42-year-old María is a modest woman. She lives together with Juan, her husband of 23 years. The couple have six children, five of whom still live with them in their own home, in the town of Jatumpampa. María's main business activity is sowing tubers. She grows potatoes, corn, olluco (a native tuber) and peas. She has been working in this business for 20 years and her vast experience has helped her to save up the money she needed to buy her own farmland. However, she admits that she needs still more plots of land for her crops and so every year she hires land and thereby enables her production. María very much enjoys her work. It makes her feel alive and very peaceful, above all right now when she is experiencing some very bad problems. However, she does not become discouraged, she knows that life goes on and she would like to do well for her children's sake. Every harvest time, María sells her crops in the country's capital. However, sometimes the buyers come to her and buy her entire harvest. In addition, María also raises animals such as sheep which she sells when the need arises and sometimes uses for her own consumption.

Maria belongs to the 'Jatumpampa al Progreso' community bank and this is her fourth loan from MFP. She is happy to know that she will have financial support to make progress in her business. For her part, she pledges, once again, to make her repayments on time. She enjoys belonging to her community bank because all of the members are responsible and supportive people. With your support, Maria will invest the money she requested in buying natural fertilizers which she will spread over her potato crops.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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