A loan of $775 helped to buy seeds and fertilizer.

Olga's story

Olga is 27 years old and lives with Jaime, the father of her two children, aged 4 and 7 years. They live together in their own house in the indigenous community of Chanchamayo.

She has worked in agriculture for 8 years; she started this at the same time she arrived in this area to start her family with her husband. The work in the fields is tiring but she likes it because it is enjoyable to harvest her crops. In all these years she has learned to cultivate many different crops, such as citrus fruits (oranges, tangerines, mandarins, tangelos, sweet limes), achiote, bananas and yucas. "I spend the majority of my time pulling weeds in my fields", she says. She also fertilizes her land with the help of her husband and day laborers that she hires. Her business of selling fruit is profitable. "Every month I send bananas, achiote and citrus fruits to Lima (the capital city). Last year I harvested 400 kilograms of achiote from just half a plot, and the sales were very good", she proudly adds.

Olga wants to open a business seling food near the entrance of her community. She wishes to offer breakfast and lunch to people who are passing through. She is confident in her dedication and efforts in this endeavor.

This will be her first loan through MSP and says that she will make her repayments punctually. She just joined the communal bank “Las Rositas de Ubiriki”, a solid and responsible group.

With the proceeds from the loan she will be able to aquire yuca seeds and fertilizer for her banana trees.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kevin Bohnert

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