A loan of $375 helped to buy two bags of pea seeds.

Bertha's story

Bertha, 36 years old, lives together with Vidal, with whom she has 5 children aged 21, 18, 15, 12 and 8. She and her family live in their own home in the small town of Huaripampa, in the Palca district, Tarma province.

15 years ago, she began working in agriculture, helping her parents to maintain their home. She still works in the same line of work with the same effort and dedication, but now it is to support her children.

Her routine is tiring, looking after her children and her home and then heading to their fields to cultivate her products. She doesn't waver in her efforts because she knows that with effort she will achieve her objectives. She grows potatos, peas and beans and sells the produce in the city of Tarma.

"I've been selling my produce for more than 20 years, sometimes I travel as far as Lima as the prices are better there", she comments. Vidal and their two eldest children help with the tiring tasks, so she feels supported by her family, who are her main motivation.

This will be the 13th loan that she gets from MFP, and she commits to being punctual with her payment schedule. Her communal bank is called "La Libertad de Huaripampa" and she is happy to work in this team.

With the loan, she will be able to buy 2 bags of pea seeds to begin sowing in February.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sara Godwin

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