A loan of $1,475 helped to buy potato seeds and fertilizers, and to hire farm workers.

Emercinda's story

Emercinda, 48, has two children but only lives with the 13-year-old and her current husband, Alberto. The house she lives in is her own, as she inherited it from her parents. It is located in the rural community of Casacoto, Tarma.

Ever since she divorced the father of her two sons (ten years ago), she takes care of the household chores on her own. She has been a farmer for over 25 years and, thanks to her hard work, she has been able to buy land where she now grows potatoes, peas, beans, corn, flowers and other crops, depending on the season. She and Alberto work hard on their land and have been able to buy it instead of having to spend money renting. Her goal is to increase crop production since she knows buyers who take the produce to Lima (capital city), so Emercinda is never lacking orders.

This is her fourth loan through MFP and, as with the previous loans, she claims she is committed to paying it back on time. She belongs to the communal bank "Sembradoras de Casacoto", where she is very comfortable. She will use the loan to buy potato seeds (1,000 PEN) and sacks of fertilizer (2,000 PEN), and will use the rest to hire farm workers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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