A loan of $400 helped to purchase 900 young coffee plants.

Sherlyn's story

Sherlyn is 20 years old. Her partner is Rubén, with whom she has an eight month old son. They live in a rustic house, their own, located in the indigenous community Boca del Ipoki, in Chanchamayo.

She has been farming for two years, growing different varieties of citrus fruits such as oranges, mandarins, tangelos (hybrid) and tangerines (hybrid). She also has plots of bananas she planted last year and she will already begin picking their first fruits.

The citrus business gives her great satisfaction but there are months when the price drops almost 50%. Consequently, this time she is planning to start growing coffee and to do so she will require a great deal of support. In order to harvest her first coffee crops she will have to wait three years. She is prepared to wait patiently while harvesting her bananas and citrus fruits.

This is Sherlyn’s first loan with MFP and she is enthusiastic about the opportunity. She just joined the “Sol Naciente” Communal Bank and believes that the goals of the group will be met promptly and consistently.

With this money, she will be able to purchase coffee plant nurseries whose price is 30 céntimes per plant; she will buy around 900 plants for her parcel.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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