A loan of $575 helped to hire day labourers for her crops.


Senobia's story

Senobia is 47 years old. She lives with Urbano, the father of her 6 children, and 3 of her children who are aged 18, 14 and 10. She and her family live in their own house in an indigenous community in Chanchamayo. She is a woman with good values and a friendly nature. She works in agriculture, an activity which she learnt from her parents as a child. She has a half plot of land where she produces bananas and cassava, and on another plot of land she cultivates citrus fruits such as oranges, mandarins, tangelos, sweet limes, etc. But the product which brings her the highest income in few sales is the annatto, used as a natural colourant. "Just half a plot of land provides me with around 500 kilos of annatto and each kilo is worth 5 soles - some years the price rises up to 11 soles", she says confirming its profitability. Senobia receives the support of her husband for this arduous work, but on some days the work is more tiring so she hires labourers who she pays by the day. Thanks to her effort, Senobia has educated 3 of her children, now adults, and she will continue to do the same with the younger children. She is currently engaged in harvesting the citrus fruits, but one of her next goals is to try sowing coffee. To do this she will look for a plot of land far away, where the climate is more suitable for this product. This is her eighth loan from MFP and as a result she is ready to pay her quotas responsibly. She belongs to the communal bank "Las Rositas de Ubiriki", a well-organised and collaborating group. With the money which she is requesting, she will be able to pay the labourers who will clean her fruit crops and provide assistance with the annatto harvest.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanor Staniforth


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