A loan of $400 helped to buy wood and wire for his 'sacha inchi' crops.

Eusebio's story

Eusebio is 64 years old and a widower. He has one child who has already left home. He lives alone in his own home which is located in the indigenous community of Pucharini (in the central Peruvian jungle).

Eusebio's main business activity is farming and, with all his years of experience, he has discovered new techniques for improving his sales and crops. He has been farming for 40 years, growing coffee, avocados and bananas. His coffee harvests are very good but he says that they require a lot of work and, as he is an elderly man, he now gives most priority to his bananas and avocados. Seven months ago, he started growing a new and profitable crop: sacha inchi. This is a climbing plant from whose seeds an oil can be extracted. This oil is very much in demand because of its high percentage of vitamins. "Two years ago they came to train us and now we have an oil processing plant in our community", he says. Eusebio is in charge of selling oil and he runs the machine himself. One of his goals is to strengthen the farmers' association in order to find markets abroad. Eusebio is a visionary man.

This is Eusebio's first loan from MFP. He gives his word that he will make his monthly repayments on time. He has just joined the Sankori community bank and he is very interested in their activities. He will use the money from this loan to acquire wood and wire for his sacha inchi crops as they are climbing plants.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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