A loan of $575 helped to buy seeds and fertilizer.

Celia's story

Cecilia is 59 years old and separated. She lives with her daughter, 21 year old Katy, in a home of her own, located in Palcamayo – Tarma. Celia is a very communicative woman. She tells us that she has had to endure much work in order to be able to have what she has. As a girl, she would help her parents with the farming and the livestock. She later began baking bread, cakes, and other foods and she worked in a bakery for more than 10 years. Through all of her efforts she was able to save enough money to buy land of her own, where she raises peas, potatoes, beans, and spices. She would take her products to the country’s central jungle, so she built her house there, but since she lives in Tarma, she rents out the rooms to other people, which brings her income. At the moment she has a grocery store that she runs out of her home. This is how she got started buying and selling land. She says, “Sales are sporadic, so my store helps me a lot.”

Celia is seeing her goals come true, now that her daughter has completed her higher education and will be able to support herself with no problem. She is happy. This will be her 11th loan through MFP. She is very grateful for all the support she has gotten over the years. She is a member of the “Patrón San Cristóbal” communal bank and she talks about the importance that the group has had in developing her goals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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