A loan of $1,350 helped to buy organic fertilizer.

Celia's story

Celia, aged 51, lives with Victor, with whom she has four children. She and her family live in their own house in the neighborhood of Tiambra, located in the district of Huasahuasi in the province of Tarma. Celia is a farmer and owns a few fields scattered throughout several hills of the district. Celia grows potatoes and peas. "Each year I sow two bags of peas, twice a year," she says. Although potato production is profitable, she has to invest a lot to get a good crop. January, February and March are the months with the highest demand for potatoes. Merchants from other cities travel to her district and buy a sizeable proportion of her crop. What is left over will be transported by her to the city of Tarma. She does well in her business.

Celia has been working in the fields for thirty years, actively helped by her husband and her children, who are grown up by now. Farming is an activity that demands sacrifices. The rain and the inaccessibility of her lands make her work difficult, but this does not prevent her from looking after her potatoes and peas. Celia is a courageous woman.

This will be her twelfth loan from the microfinance institution Microfinanzas Prisma. She promises to be punctual in paying the monthly installments. "Santa Rosa de Tiambra" is the name of her communal bank, with which she identifies because it is made up of responsible people. She will use her loan to buy 20 bags of organic fertilizer at 120 new soles each to fertilize the potatoes that are currently growing, on one hand, and to fertilize a field that she is about to sow with peas, on the other hand.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Robert Mouris

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