A loan of $575 helped to buy seed and fertilizer.

Miguela's story

Miguela, 40, lives with Edgar with whom she has 7 children whose ages oscillate between 23 and 3 years. They live in their own house located in Huasahuasi-Tarma District.

Since she was a little girl she’s been working in agriculture which is her district’s main economic activity. She’s been growing peas, lima beans, corn and potatoes for 20 years. She likes her work because the profits depend on her own efforts; she also gets help from her husband, Edgar, who spends most of his time in the fields working the soil. She also has cows and bulls that she fattens up and resells at a good price. “Selling products is profitable, especially during the big seasons, for example now (May) the lima bean season starts,” she comments.

As she also mentions, she does very well because peas and potatoes always sell. But there are months when prices drop harming her. For the future, she’d like to save up money and buy more animals because raising cattle is also profitable.

This would be the 7th loan she’s received from MFP. Like on previous occasions, she mentions that she will be punctual with her monthly installment payments. She belongs to the “Unión Huanchán” communal bank and she likes the work they do as a group.

She will use the money obtained to buy two sacks of pea seeds which cost 550 soles each; she will use the rest to buy fertilizer.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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