A loan of $375 helped to buy sacks of organic manure.

Maria's story

María, 53, is a divorced woman. She lives with three of her seven children in a house of her own located in the Villa Visca settlement in Huasahuasi-Tarma District. María is a farmer. In her 30 years as a woman of the fields she learned how to efficiently produce potatoes, corn and peas. Her parcels of land are found in different parts of her locality so she must rise very early to take advantage of the day’s first sunlight. She also is a potato and vegetable merchant and for this she acquires all her merchandise at the Tarma wholesale marked and from her own harvests.

María goes to the city of Chanchamayo every 8 days with her products and sells them in a market there. “In Chanchamayo prices are good because since it’s jungle, they don’t grow vegetables so one always comes out ahead,” she comments. María invests most of her income in her children’s education and food. Because of this she will continue working to provide them with a better quality of life. One of her goals is to take her products to the city of Lima because prices there are more favorable.

She belongs to the “Villa Visca” communal bank and this is her 8th loan with MFP. She feels happy to be part of this solid, enterprising group. She likes the communal bank’s system of work. María will use the money from the loan to buy sacks of organic manure to fertilize her potato crops.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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