A loan of $1,150 helped to purchase seeds and fertilizers.

Victoria's story

Victoria is 53 years old, married and lives with two of her seven children in their own home in the native community of Santa Rosa de Ubiriki in Chanchamayo, Peru. Despite her age, Victoria has worked in the fields with the same vigor for the past 20 years, dedicating herself to agriculture. She is a native of the city of Huancayo and came to the central jungle to start a family, and since that time she learned how to grow citrus fruits, yucca and pineapple. She has a parcel of citrus fruit and seven of pineapple. "Growing pineapple suits me. The price is good and so is the demand, although its in season for only two months. It helps me with the yucca," she says. With this activity she was able to have a large family and continue working. Now she plans to grow other crops like oranges and mandarins to stock up on fruit and generate income during other months. This is her eighth loan with Kiva partner MFP, and she promises to make her payments on time. Victoria belongs to "Las Rositas de Ubiriki" community bank, and feels good about being part of a united group of responsible people. She plans to use the money she is requesting to purchase pineapple seeds and bags of fertilizer to plant more fruits. She also will pay workers to take out the manure and clean her crops.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein

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