A loan of $575 helped to buy ten sacks of fertilizer.

Norma's story

Norma, age 43, is in a common-law marriage with Oscar. They have three children, 23 year old Sheila, 20 year old Miguel, and 17 year old Jordi. They live in their own house in the Palca – Tarma district.

Norma is a farmer. Her strength of character and her perseverance help her contend with how exhausting this work can be. She grows potatoes, peas, and gladiola flowers. “I grow everything, but I prefer peas and gladiolas because they have a favorable price.”

Each time that she harvests she sells her products at the wholesale market in Tarma. She grows gladiolas more frequently because they require little fertilizer and are harvested in four months. She asserts that sales in May are better because the cost of a packet is 80 soles, and the normal price is 60 soles.

Norma is happy with her work. That is where she is able to use all of her knowledge and time. She hopes to continue with this work until she has enough savings to acquire better living conditions.

This will be her 5th loan with MFP. She pledges to be punctual with her monthly payments. Los Cantaritos is the name of her communal bank. She is happy to work with diligent and responsible people. She will use the loan to buy ten bags of fertilizer to spread on her pea and gladiola crops.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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