A loan of $400 helped to purchase fertilizers and clean her crops.

Maria Josefa's story

Maria is a 66 year old woman. She lives in her own home with her partner and she has three children under her care. She mentions that the quality of life in the community is at the subsistence level. Most of the inhabitants are independent workers dedicated to trade and breeding small animals. Some of them also work in agriculture. Maria lives in the village of Esperanza, district of Tambogrande, department of Piura. The village has electricity services and water is consumed by means of an artesian well. All of the families here live under these conditions.

Maria is in the business of breeding and selling sheep and poultry. The breeding of these animals takes place in corals outside of her home. It is worth noting that Maria’s six years of experience in this business has allowed her to keep her already existing customers. She sells her animals to wholesalers in the area. In addition, she owns 1.0 hectares of farm land where she has planted lemon trees. This provides additional income and her husband helps her with this activity.

Currently, Maria is proposing to expand the inventory in her animal breeding/selling business because it is a very profitable business in the area. For these reasons, she is requesting a new loan from Edpyme Alternativa in the amount of S/ 1000 nuevos soles which will be designated for the purchase of fertilizers and to clean her crops. In time, this will allow her to continue improving her family’s standard of living.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanor Francoletti-Putz

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