A loan of $750 helped to buy sacks of manure and to hire day laborers.

Pilar's story

Pilar, 25, lives with Alex, 28, with whom she has two children. They all live together in their own house located in the settlement of Mantaro in Pichari District.

Pilar has been farming bananas and cocoa beans in Mantaro for five years. At first she started farming bananas but soon introduced cocoa beans which are in their first fruit production phase. She decided to grow cocoa beans because it has a very good market price like bananas. To date, everything is turning out very well but her inconvenience is that her parcel of land is on the banks of the Apurimac River and every winter the river overflows its banks and washes away her crops. Because of this she’s thinking about buying a new parcel of land where she can continue growing her crops.

Pilar is happy with the work she does because thanks to her good production her family has a dignified life.

This is her second MFP loan so she commits to make her installment payments punctually. Pilar is grateful to those leading her communal bank because they did good work during the first cycle. She will use the 2000 new soles to provide crop maintenance to her cocoa bean parcel hiring day laborers and buying sacks of manure.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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