A loan of $400 helped to hire two laborers to work on her land.

Noemi's story

Noemi, 55, is a very happy and enterprising woman. She and her spouse have a 24-year-old son, Freddy. Together they live in their own house, sharing the will and desire for improvement.

She works planting and harvesting palm oil. In the area where she lives is the main company that transforms the fruit of this plant and it is her main buyer. She has her own farm where she has done this work for approximately seven years. She works with the help of two or three laborers because her son is a student and he works with her spouse on other jobs. Nevertheless, in times of great need they give her the help she needs in the harvest so she can meet her deadline for her orders.

She complements this job with the grocery store in her house that she set up two years ago. There she takes care of the customers who come to her house in search of some product. What she likes most about the job is that she can generate her own income without doing complicated work. Also, she can give her family the necessary attention and complete her work in the home.

It is going very well for her because she sells her products at a good price and she gets good profits from it. In the future she hopes to expand her planting area and increase the number of plants for production.

This is her first loan with MFP. She is grateful for the opportunity and the confidence they place in her to receive this loan. On the other hand, she promises to make her payments punctually. It pleases her to be part of the communal bank she belongs to because she has seen that the members are responsible and supportive people.

With the requested amount (1000 soles [PEN]) she will hire two people to do the weeding, pruning, digging, and irrigation on her plot of land. She will pay each person a wage of 120 PEN per hectare worked.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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