A loan of $750 helped to buy agricultural tools and hire laborers.

Benjamin's story

24-year-old Benjamín lives with his partner Errobelina. The couple have two children: 7-year-old Sheyla and 3-year-old Yeysi. The family live in their own home in the indigenous community of Inchatingari, in Perené district, in Chanchamayo province.

Benjamín started his life as a father when he was a teenager and still lacked a home and money. Over time, with the support of his parents, he was able to acquire some farmland. He formed his household and built a house. Benjamín currently has three plots of fertile land where he produces annatto and coffee. "With each harvest I have 1,500 kilos of annatto and 300 kilos of coffee", he says. Benjamín sells his crops retail. He transports his fruit to the city of Pichanaki where he has a sales stall. There he sells his coffee and annatto by the kilo.

Benjamín has been in this business for five years. He believes that, over the years, he will be able to expand his land and grow other crops. He will also be able to sell wholesale as the results of this are immediate and you avoid the produce spoiling. One of Benjamín's plans is to start buying and selling fruit which he will acquire in his town and then sell in the wholesale market in his district.

This will be Benjamín's third loan from MFP and he pledges to be punctual in making his monthly repayments. He says that he feels supported by his community bank 'Productores de Inchatingari' because his fellow group members share the same plans as him. He will invest his money in buying work tools such as machetes and tool sharpeners which he will use on his coffee plantations. He will also pay the laborers who will support him in this strenuous task.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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