A loan of $1,425 helped to buy manure and organic fertilizers.

Gaudencio's story

Gaudencio is 63 years old and married to Julia. The couple have four children who have already left home to form their own families. Gaudencio and his wife live in their own home, in Huasahuasi district. He is an old man but he has the strength of a young man. He has been farming since he was a child and so he cannot imagine his life far from the countryside. He has 4 hectares of land where he grows different varieties of potatoes. When he harvests them, in approximately 4 to 5 months, he takes them to the coastal towns, traveling hundreds of kilometers in order to guarantee good sales. His sales and contacts on the coast are so favorable that he has also acquired land in this area. This means that he travels frequently. None of this would have been possible without the determination that he always shows in his work and the unconditional support of his wife and children.

This is Gaudencio's 12th loan from MFP and he pledges to make his repayments on time as he has in the past. He is an enthusiastic member of the 'Capital Semillera' community bank and he feels happy to belong to such a solid group.

Gaudencio will invest this money in buying manure and organic fertilizers which he will take to his land on the coast because the fertilizers found in these arid areas are not of the quality he requires.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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