A loan of $575 helped to purchase sacks of fertilizer and hire laborers.

Laura's story

Laura is 42 years and married to David. They have five children who range in age form one to twenty years old. Laura and her family live under their own roof in the indigenous community of Inchatingari, district of Perené, province of Chanchamayo.

Laura begins a variety of activities the moment the first rays of sun shine over her community. She takes care of her home and family so that they can also begin their daily activities. After she finishes her household chores, she takes care of her farmland.

Currently, she has three plots of fertile land, in which she plants achiote (a spice made from the red seed of the annatto tree), coffee, and citrus fruits such as tangelos (hybrid fruit that is a cross between a grapefruit and a tangerine) and oranges. “I grow it all, but coffee and achiote are best for me as there is demand throughout the year”, she says.

Production of achiote is common in her region. Each harvest yields 2500 kilos and each kilo sells for between 5 and 7 soles. These days, the price is low reaching 4 soles and 50 céntimos. However, she is certain that, beginning in April, the price will be profitable for her.

Thanks to her hard work, her children are assured food, clothing, and an education. Her immediate goals are to expand her farmland and improve production, and in order to achieve them, she must invest in the purchase of land and fertilizer.

This will be her third loan with MFP, and she is committed to making her monthly payments on time, as she has done in the past. “Los Productores Inchatingari” is the name of her communal bank and she feels happy to be a part of such a solid and hard-working group. When she obtains the loan, she will be able to buy bags of fertilizer. In addition, she will pay for the services of laborers who will clear her land of weeds and other shrubs.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanor Francoletti-Putz

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