A loan of $750 helped to buy sacks of fertilizer, rent land, and pay workers.

Viviana's story

Viviana, age 35, is married to Gregorio. They have five children, but only four of the children live with them. The whole family lives in their own house in Sana Clara in the Huasahuasi-Tarma district.

Viviana has been farming for 20 years. Her life centers around the care of her fields as that is where she spends the greater part of the day. Her primary crops are different varieties of potatoes. She is known for her charisma in marketing. She sells her products at the central market in the city of Tarma, thanks to her good disposition while making sales.

One of her main problems is the “rancha” (a type of fungus) that affects her crops. There are also other diseases, but these do not discourage her. Later she wants to buy her own fields for farming. This would minimize her costs.

Her children are her priority, and the greater part of her income is for their education. Thanks to the support of her communal bank, she can not only take on her projects, but she can also give her children a better quality of life.

This time she will plant 40 sacks of potato seeds. To do so she will need to pay the rent for the land.

She belongs to the “Trabajemos Unidos” (Let’s Work Together) communal bank. This will be her 12th loan with MFP, and she is grateful for all of this time. Thanks to the support of her association she was able to plant.

Viviana will start another potato crop, and she will use the loan to buy organic fertilizer to spread on her crops. She will also pay to rent the land, and she will pay workers to help with the planting.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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