A loan of $575 helped to purchase a machine to clean his crops.


Benito's story

Benito is 42 years old and lives with Isabel, with whom he has two children, ages 18 and 16. They all live together in their own home in the native community of Chanchamayo, Peru. As a farmer, he has the character to take on this activity and schedules his plantings in such a way that his harvests coincide with the months where they will fetch the best prices. He currently has five parcels producing citrus fruits, coffee, bananas and avocado. Benito has lived in this community since he was 8 years old, so he is well known in the area and knows how to successfully grow fruit. "Right now harvesting oranges and mandarins is lucrative. The prices are good," he says. He also has two vehicles to transport the products locally. In the future, he hopes to add more land to plant coffee and increase his production. "Organic coffee has more demand," he says. This will be his eighth loan with Kiva partner MFP, and he promises to make his payments on time. He belongs to the "Las Rositas de Ubiriki" community bank, one of the tightest-knit groups in the area, and for his part, Benito shows enthusiasm for the group's activities. With the money he is requesting, he plans to purchase a machine to optimize the cleaning of his crops. He estimates it will cost him 1,600 soles.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein


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