A loan of $375 helped to hire laborers and buy products to stock her business.

Lucila's story

30-year-old Lucila has been living with her partner Ronald for 10 years. He is the father of her two children: 9-year-old Leticia and 5-year-old Yadira. The family live together in their own home in San Juan Centro Autiki, in Pichanaki district, in Chachamayo province. Lucila is an organized woman. Her house and her family reflect this outstanding virtue. She has a business in her own home. "I have a grocery store where I sell a bit of everything. I have had it for one year", she comments, adding that it is doing very well.

Lucila is also a farmer. She has three plots of land where she grows bananas and a little coffee. She obtains 15 to 20 sacks of coffee beans. She is aware that this work is tiring and time-consuming. For this reason, Ronald works mainly in the fields and Rosa has to close her business to attend to her crops. Lucila divides her time carefully between her children, her household, her business and her crops. Thanks to her efforts, she is able to ensure that her income covers her basic needs. She enjoys her work and, for that reason, she will continue carrying out her agricultural work. Lucila is now planning to further expand her coffee plantings and will need to invest in plants and fertilizers.

This will be Lucila's eighth loan from MFP and she gives her word that she will be punctual in making her repayments. 'Flor de San Juan' is the name of her community bank. She feels happy to belong to such a solid and active group. She will use her money to stock up with merchandise for her business. She will also be able to pay the laborers who she will hire to weed her crops.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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