A loan of $375 helped buy organic fertilizer for her fields.


Rita's story

Rita is 26 years old, single, and lives in her parents’ house along with one of her younger brothers. As a child she learned about working in the fields, and now that she has inherited land from her parents, she grows beans, peas, spinach, carrots and other crops there. She knows that there is great demand for them in the capital city, Lima, so after harvesting the produce, she travels there to the wholesale market. “Sometimes I go there myself,” she says, “and sometimes I send the vegetables as the buyers there know me.” As well, she sometimes buys more produce in the nearby area and sends it too because there is a greater demand in some months so she cannot fulfill all the orders herself. Rita is excited because this month is a crucial one for sowing the vegetables. You can’t be late, and prices are good at the moment. This will be Rita’s third loan with MFP. She gives her word that she will be punctual with the repayments. She is pleased to be part of her community bank which is made up of responsible members. It is called Las Angeles de la Unión 2. With the loan Rita plans to buy bags of organic fertilizer to spread on the crops of peas, beans, and spinach that she sowed last month.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A


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