A loan of $775 helped to buy crates of fruit and tubers to take to Lima to sell.

Walter's story

Walter is 37 years old. His partner is Erlinda and the couple have three children: a 12 year old, a 7 year old and a one-month-old baby. They live in their own home which is located in the indigenous community of Pucharini (in the central Peruvian jungle).

Walter buys and sells fruit and tubers such as oranges, mandarins, pineapples, avocados, cassava, ginger, and others that grow in the soil in his area. He has been in this business for 5 years and it is going well. "I travel to Lima (the capital of Peru) twice a week with my merchandise and I sell it quickly in the wholesale market", he says. At first he had problems getting his products together. However, over time he managed to gain suppliers who gave him the merchandise on fixed dates. In this way, his business has done well. In addition, he also makes income from his own harvests as he is also a farmer and grows coffee and bananas.

This is Walter's second loan from MFP and he pledges to make his monthly repayments on time. His community bank is called 'Sankori'.

Walter will use this money to acquire crates of fruit and tubers of different types (oranges, pineapples, avocados, papayas, cassava, etc.) He will take them to Lima to negotiate their sale.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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