A loan of $375 helped to buy fertilizers for his potato crops.

Balbino's story

Balbino is 58 years old and married to Adela. The couple have five children but only live with two of them and an 11-year-old grandson. They own their own home which they worked hard to build. It is located in Huasahuasi district.

Balbino has been farming for 20 years and, over the years, he realized that his produce is more profitable if he sells it on the coast. "I sow all different varieties of potatoes and take nearly all my production to other towns as seed", he says. In order to make his sales, he must travel between 300 and 500 kilometers. As well as potatoes, he also grows peas and green beans but he sells these in his own town. Working in this way, he has managed to build his own house and provide his children with a good education.

This is Balbino's ninth loan from MFP and he takes care to make his repayments on time. He is a member of the 'Capital Semillera' community bank which is one of the most solid groups in his town.

Balbino will use the money from this loan to buy bags of fertilizers for some of his potato crops that he will harvest in a month's time.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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