A loan of $200 helped to buy manure and rice seeds.

Arquimedes's story

Arquímedes is 49 years old. He is married to María, 51, and they have five children, four of whom are now adults and independent. Only 15-year-old Carolina is at their side. He lives with them in their own house that he built with a great deal of effort, and where he works hard to be able to offer them a better quality of life.

He farms; specifically growing regional products such as plantain, rice, yuca and other crops. He has his own small farm where he conditions the land, preparing it so that it produces the best crops in the harvest season. He has been working in this business for 15 years, and still remembers that in the beginning he suffered a lot. However, he kept going and managed to succeed.

He feels that it is much better to work independently than to do so under the authority of other people as he did before, since he says that he was always the victim of worker mistreatment.

On the occasions that he goes to his small farm, he has the help of some people that he hires, and for whom he feels very thankful, as they greatly support him in being able to properly carry out his work.

Fortunately, it is going well, as he always keeps in mind a motto that says: “People reap what they sow," and he adds: "in the place they sow," in a phrase that he says applies to all areas of his life. He hopes that his financial situation keeps improving, so that he can gradually save what he needs to be able to lead a quiet old age at his partner's side.

This is his sixth loan with MF, so he is grateful to the people who make his loan possible. Furthermore, he promises to once again make his installment payments on time, as he did with previous loans. He is also very happy to belong to his communal bank, as all its members are very responsible and they are a close-knit group.

With the amount of 500 nuevos soles applied for, he will buy manure for fertilizing his land, as well as rice seeds for starting a new crop.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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