A loan of $950 helped to buy seeds and hire agricultural workers.

Zoila's story

Zoila is 58 years of age and is a happy, friendly woman who is very enthusiastic. She is separated from her husband but has five children, only one of whom still lives with her and depends on her for education and food. Zoila owns her own house, which she obtained after a lot of effort and sacrifice.

Her working day starts very early when she goes to her small farm, where she works, waters and prepares the land, and where she also produces bee honey. She has been working in this business for almost 30 years, and has used the income to educate and feed her children. She learned this activity from a young age, as she inherited the business from her parents. She is now teaching it to her youngest son, who helps her and learns the family business when he comes home from school. What Zoila enjoys about her business is that she has time and can share it with her son. She also has good sales, as the produce she obtains from her land is of good quality and she takes it to the city’s wholesale market. In the future she hopes to sow other produce to increase her income.

This is her 17th loan from MFP, and she is very happy to know that she will have the financial support she needs to continue increasing her working capital. She is also sure that she will remain responsible, as she was when repaying her former loans. She enjoys being part of her communal bank, as they are all responsible and support one another.

With the requested loan of 2,500 soles, Zoila plans to buy grain and seeds and to pay agricultural workers to prepare her land for sowing. She also wants to invest in her beekeeping business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert

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