A loan of $775 helped to buy natural fertilizers for the next potato planting.

Maribel's story

Maribel, age 29, has lived with her husband, Darío, and her two children, Enrique and Dayana, in her parents’ house for four years.

She gets her main income from growing potatoes, peas, and barley. The land she farms is two hours from the city. Therefore, she spends most of her time with her husband, with whom she works. Thanks to the constancy of each harvest, she has buyers at the wholesale market in the city. That is where she gets the payment for so many months of effort. “I not only grow in the mountains, but I also have farmland in the jungle where I grow seasonal coffee and pineapples. The coffee does not need much care, and I only harvest it once a year,” she says.

This is her second loan with MFP. In all of this time she was able to take advantage of opportunities for growth that were presented to her. She had the needed capital thanks to these loans. She pledges to be punctual with her payments because all of the members of her group are very responsible.

This time Maribel will use the loan to buy natural fertilizers for the next planting of the “primeriza” variety of potato.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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