A loan of $200 helped to buy a bag of pea seeds.

Rocio's story

Rocio, age 30, is married to Felipe. They have three children ages 10, 7, and 5 and live in their own home in the Huaripampa annex, Palca district, Tarma province. Rocio has worked in agriculture since she was a child. Now that she is 30, she farms in order to support her family. The land in Huaripampa is favourable for sowing peas and potatoes. She has her own land where she sows these products. "Every year I plant peas twice, and it goes well for me," she says. Her husband is the one who works the hardest in the fields. Every day, Felipe gets up at dawn to clear weeds and care for his plants. Their potato plantation is 30 minutes away from where they live; the long days of working and transporting the products are tiring.
Rocio is a strong, resolute woman. These qualities allow her to confront any and every situation in the fields. She has been able to provide an education for their three children, who are the main reason she keeps working. Rocio plans to sow one more bag of pea seeds this season; this will mean 40 bags harvested. This will be her thirteenth loan with MFP. In the previous loan cycles, she demonstrated her punctuality with repayments; she plans to continue to be punctual. She belongs to the "La Libertad de Huriapampa" communal bank, and is happy with the way the work is distributed among the group members.
With this loan, she will be able to buy one bag of pea seeds to expand their production.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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