A loan of $400 helped to pay rent on his farmland.

Antenor's story

Antenor is 46 years old and has been living in a rental house in the town of Huancas for 15 years. He lives together with his wife, Carmen, and four of his six children.

Antenor started farming 18 years ago, growing potato crops in land he inherited from his mother. He says that he experienced many problems in getting where he is today: in a position of financial stability. His potato crops would often fail and not grow. "There were harvests which earned me money and others where I lost the money I had invested", he says. For this reason, he started sowing quinoa, barley and other crops in which he invested less and earned more. His harvests are well known in the valley which means that he has regular buyers who come to his village every season. Right now, Antenor would like to improve the quality of his produce so that he can make more profits. He hopes to save up enough because he also works raising animals such as sheep, pigs and cows, which he fattens and then sells at a higher price.

Antenor belongs to the 'Cruz de Espinas' (Crown of Thorns) solidarity group and this is his tenth loan from MFP. During all the years he has been working with them he has obtained good results in his business. For this reason, he feels grateful and pledges to make his repayments on time. He enjoys belonging to his association because they support each other and are like family.

Antenor will invest this money in paying rent on his farmland and to pay laborers who will help him to turn his soil for sowing corn.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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