A loan of $750 helped to buy coffee seedlings to grow on her land.

Ernestina's story

Ernestina is 25 years old. She is both the mother and the father for her little boy Efraín, who is 8 years old. They live together in their own house, which she was able to buy with a great deal of effort during 5 years of hard work.

She is a farmer and grows coffee. She is very proud of her work and has been doing this for the last 11 years. She was taught by her parents. Also, on occasions, she works as a laborer for other farmers in order to obtain extra money so that her young son will not lack anything he needs. When it is time to harvest, she hires workers, since in this way she is able to finish the harvest quickly. Though it pains her to be away from her son in order to do her work, she has been able to obtain a better quality of life for them through her efforts.

This is her second loan with MFP, and she is very thankful for the support. She promises to be responsible and make her repayments on time. Likewise, in her communal bank, she is always punctual at the meetings and above all is very loyal.

With the 2,000 nuevos soles, she will buy coffee seedlings to grow on her land.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kevin Bohnert

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