A loan of $575 helped to purchase alfalfa seeds and insecticides, and also to hire workers.

Rebeca's story

Rebeca, aged 35, is a single mother. She lives with her 3-year-old son Antony. Her home is her own, and is located in the annexed area of Purhuaracra in the district of San Pedro de Cajas – Tarma.

Rebeca is a women who works in agriculture. With the strength and courage that characterizes her, she has been able to build her home and acquire some goods, as she has worked in agriculture since she was a teenager.

"I grow everything: carrots, spinach, garlic, lettuce, lima beans, potatoes, and alfalfa. Sales have been going well for me", she comments. But what she likes most is selling alfalfa because of its speedy growth and the fact it requires little investment. Once she harvests the alfalfa, she packs it up and sells it in her own district, as the livestock farmers in her area want alfalfa to feed their cows, rams, guinea-pigs, rabbits, etc. She gets 40 to 60 packs of alfalfa from each harvest, and sells them at 6 soles each, which is why she has seven parcels of lands which only produce alfalfa. The seeds are cheap; each kilo costs 40 soles. Rebeca succeeds in running her business well and in an intelligent manner, which provides a better quality of life for her young son, who she mentions is her biggest inspiration.

This will be her fourth loan from MFP, so she agrees to be punctual in her monthly repayments. She belongs to the “Los Productores de Purhuaracra” ["The Producers of Purhuaracra"] communal bank, which she enjoys for its responsible members.

She will invest the money in purchasing alfalfa seeds and insecticides. She will also pay for the services of workers whom she will hire for her farming.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Arabella Pollack

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