A loan of $375 helped to buy one sack of pea seeds and two sacks of fertilizer.

Basilia's story

46-year-old Basilia lives together with her partner, Juan, who is also the father of her seven children. She currently lives with only five of her children as the other two live independently. She owns her own home in the small village of Cumutay, in Huasahuasi district.

Basilia is a hard-working woman. She and her husband grow potatoes, peas, corn and gladioli. She says that her work requires a lot of commitment. Every day she patiently tends to her fields until harvest time. She also cares for her animals (cows, bulls, sheep and pigs). When it is time to gather her crops, Basilia sees the reward for all her hard work and, together with her family members, she fills heavy sacks with her natural products which she sells to the wholesalers who come from the city. Basilia also prepares food in the market in her district. Every Thursday and Sunday she transports her utensils and pans so that she can serve her regular customers. As she is an entrepreneurial woman, in the future she plans to grow her crops in larger quantities so that she can improve her profits. She especially intends to grow more peas because they are in demand every month of the year.

Basilia belongs to the 'Lindo Amanecer de Cumutay' community bank and this will be her tenth loan from MFP. She pledges to be very punctual in making her repayments. She is happy with the work of her community bank because all the members are supportive. With your support, Basilia will buy a sack of pea seeds and will use the remainder of her money to buy two sacks of fertilizers to ensure the growth of her crops.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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