A loan of $775 helped to buy fertilizer for her coffee planting and some products for her small grocery store.

Meliza's story

Meliza is 24 years old. She has an 8 year old son named Willy. They live in a humble home that she built with the support of her parents in the native community of San Pablo de Shimashiro.

Since she gave birth to her son, she has taken care of 3 parcels of land that the community granted her. There she produces coffee exclusively. She harvests once a year. That is why she also has a business that she opened in her house. She sells basic necessity products to the community members in the area. That is how she covers her daily expenses. “With the coffee harvest I get good profits. But I have to save the money for the important yearly expenses”, she remarks. Meliza is very responsible and she knows how to manage her income very well. In this way, she pays the laborers she hires frequently for clearing, growing and harvesting. Now that the harvest is over, she is working on clearing her crops to ensure better production for next year.

This is her second loan with MFP. She feels grateful for the support fron the first cycle. Now she says she will be just as punctual with her payments. On the other hand, she is pleased to beling to the “Los Shirokis” communal bank, where she goes to educational talks.

With this money, she will be able to buy sacks of organic fertilizer for her coffee planting. She will also invest a percentage in buying merchandise for her small grocery store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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