A loan of $975 helped to buy potato seeds and fertilizer.

Maria's story

María, 31, is an attentive, kind woman living in the house she inherited from her mother four years ago with her husband, Nelson, and their two children, Emerson and Sheyla. Her and her husband’s economic activity is agriculture. “During planting and harvesting seasons one works very hard,” she affirms. They have five years’ experience in agriculture; they started when they formed their family because their parents passed down productive land to them that they started to plant in. Her main products are potatoes, corn and peas that they sell in the city where she already has regular buyers.

She belongs to the “Puntaman Puririsum Sachamarca” communal bank which in Spanish means “Adelante Caminemos Sachamarca” [Sachamarca, Let’s Walk Forward]. This is her fourth loan with MFP and she likes the group’s work very much because she learns new things for her crops at every meeting because they all help each other out and cooperate which is why she promises to be punctual with her installment payments. María will use this money to buy potato seeds of the “peruanita” variety as well as natural fertilizer for her crops.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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