A loan of $575 helped to buy spinach, lettuce, carrots and potatoes.

Reyna's story

Reyna, 53, lives with Pedro; they have 8 children but only one of them, Jhon, lives with them in their own house in Tapo District, Tarma.

Reyna is a woman like few others: tenacious and enterprising. She started working as a farmer and also sold vegetables; this was 30 years ago. When she joined her life to Pedro she decided to work still harder since children were on the way. Currently she rises very early to head out to the Tarma wholesale market to acquire her merchandise. On market days in Tarma she takes her goods to sell at retail. She does very well because she’s learned how to sell intelligently over the years. Besides she sells her own potato, lima bean and vegetable crops that she harvests each season. In addition, she raises 15 calves that she fattens up and then sells to local butchers and residents. Her older children help her with the heavy farm chores. Thus do Reyna and Pedro live in harmony with the idea of continuing to grow.

This will be loan #10 that she’ll get from MFP so she commits to be punctual with her monthly installment payments. She feels happy to belong for so many years to a communal bank made up of responsible, mutually supportive people.

She will use the loan to buy vegetables at wholesale like spinach, lettuce, carrots, potatoes, etc. to sell at the Tarma market.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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