A loan of $1,150 helped to buy fertilizer and to pay laborers.


Marcelina's story

Marcelina is 34 years old and has been married to Luciano for 17 years. They have four children, ages 17, 15, 13, and 11. They own their own house and it is located in the indigenous community of San Cristóbal de Shankivironi in Chanchamayo. She works in agriculture. She has two parcels of land that produce pineapples, bananas, starfruit, coffee, and yucca. She also has half a parcel planted with oranges and three in full harvest. "I am in charge of administering my production and I hire laborers to do the work," she mentions, as she used to also do the hard labor herself. For his part, her husband works at an electricity company where he receives a monthly salary. He travels constantly for his job, to different cities for each project he is assigned to. Marcelina puts a lot of effort into caring for her crops because she knows that with great care she can obtain a good income for her family. She sells the majority of her produce in the city, though once in a while buyers come to her own community. She hopes to improve her produce, especially coffee - one of the best crops - and to thereby improve her quality of life. This is Marcelina's fifth loan with Microfinanzas Prisma, and she mentions that she will be punctual with her repayments. She belongs to the “Los Pomporitos de San Cristóbal” Communal Bank and she identifies with the group to the point that she took on the responsibility of being the treasurer. She will invest the requested money in the purchase of bags of fertilizer and to pay the people she hires to clean and fertilize her coffee crops, which are now in full harvest.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Katie Kavanagh


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