A loan of $375 helped to purchase spinach seeds, carrot seeds, and sacks of manure.

Epifania's story

Epifania is 66 years old and a gentle grandma. She lives with her elderly mom and her granddaughter in their own house located in the Palcamayo-Tarma area. Epifania is a woman like few others; an example for others and courageous. At her age, she continues working in farming. "Back when I was 20 years old, I was already helping my parents farming", she notes. In all this time she has had both good experiences and several disappointments, but nothing compared to the death of her daughter at 33 years old. For this reason, she has great love for her granddaughter who was orphaned.

She has the strength required to grow lima beans, peas, spinach, carrots, lettuce and other vegetables. However, she always needs more hands, so she hires workers to streamline her activities. She also works looking after small animals such as guinea-pigs, hens, a ram and donkeys, which she raises so that she can sell them at a later point to butchers and neighbors in her area. She now wants to keep up her strength to continue moving ahead. She is saving what's necessary and looking after her mother who can't hear very well.

This will be the sixth loan that she has received from MFP, and so she agrees to be punctual in her monthly repayments. She belongs to the “Patrón San Cristóbal” ["Patron St. Christopher"] communal bank, and mentions that she is grateful to share the same interests in succeeding and wroking with hre fellow-members.

Epifania will put the money towards the purchase of cans of spinach and carrot seeds, as the months of March and April are when sowing starts for these crops. A small percentage of the money will be to acquire bags of organic fertilizer.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Arabella Pollack

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