A loan of $375 helped to hire workers.

Dina's story

Dina, 48, has been living with Eduardo since she was 17 years old. Now she has 8 children but only lives with 5, whose ages span 10 to 20 years old. This family lives in its own home in San Juan Autiki city center in Pichanaki District, Chanchamayo.

Dina is a farmer and plants her three parcels of land in coffee, plantains and bananas. Coffee production is economically profitable and she needs to cultivate her plantations all year. Her crops are reflected in the money earned, which is enough to cover her daily expenses, reinvest in other plantings, and to set some aside in savings. The plantains are the key to her daily livelihood because she harvests them every week and the cassava are used primarily for her family’s daily consumption. With the help of Eduardo and her grown sons she can optimize the work and make it more pleasant.

Dina and Eduardo also work as day laborers on the fields of others, thus earning a daily income. Also, when harvesting season comes she hires personnel to finish quickly. In this way the community engages in mutual support. She is happy to do this work, which enables her to maintain her household’s stability.

Dina will receive her eighth loan from MFP, through your help. She is committed to making her payments punctually. As well, she is grateful to and identifies with her communal bank, “Flor de San Juan.” Her fellow members are responsible and well organized. She will use the money to pay for laborers to clean her fields, since weeds frequently invade her coffee plantations, thereby obstructing normal growth.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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