A loan of $575 helped to purchase two bags of pea seeds, and sacks of farmyard manure.

Sebastiana's story

Sebastiana is 42 years old. For the last 20 years, she has been united in life with Félix, the father of her two children: Miguel, aged 19 and Doris, aged 17. She lives contentedly, surrounded by her family in their own house, which is located in the village of Yanama Alto, in the district of Palca-Tarma.

Sebastiana works in agriculture, which is the principal economic activity of the region. When she began living with Félix, she began growing peas and potatoes in all their varieties. “As there's been good production, I've need to be constantly on the farmland", she says. She also raises animals, such as sheep and four cows who she looks after carefully as they provide milk. With the acquisition of her sheep and her cows' milk, she can earn a little extra income for her household.

Félix works with her on these arduous tasks, which is why their results are stronger and their sales are better channeled. He goes to the city of Lima to sell their products at wholesale.

With the strength and firmness which characterizes her, Sebastiana continues working doing what she enjoys, agriculture, to increase her sales, and earn more savings.

This will be her second loan with MFP, so she agrees to make her monthly repayments punctually. “Los Manantiales de Yanama” ["The Springs of Yanama"] is the name of her communal bank. She is happy to be part of a group of people whose objectives are similar.

Sebastiana will invest the money in purchasing two bags of seeds for 1,200 soles. The remainder will be used to purchase bags of farmyard manure.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Arabella Pollack

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