A loan of $575 helped to buy three sacks of pea seeds.

Robila's story

Robila, 38, lives with Víctor with whom she has three children: Ana, 16, Víctor, 6 and Yolita, 4. The entire family lives in a house of their own in Tapo District, Tarma Province.

Robila is a farmer. She owns land where she grows potatoes, peas and lima beans. “Each year I plant 35 sacks of potato seeds and I do well with my sales,” she mentions. Besides, she affirms that she’s one of the residents in her location that grows the largest amount of peas. She produces 7 sacks of pea seeds and most farmers produce between 2 to 4 normally. This is due to her hard work for almost 20 years.

At the beginning it wasn’t easy; she had to suffer to obtain what she now has. The lack of capital was one of her obstacles but thanks to work with MFP and her own efforts she was able to acquire a house and a car that Víctor, her husband, drives providing transportation services.

One of her goals is to expand production so that later she can move to the city of Tarma because her oldest son needs to study a professional or technical career. This will be loan #11 from MFP thanks to your help which is why she commits to be punctual with her monthly installment payments.

Her communal bank is called “Río Blanco” and she feels happy to be part of solid, mutually supportive group. If she were to receive the money, she’ll be able to buy three sacks of pea seeds to start another planting in July.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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