A loan of $575 helped to pay the laborers who will clear a parcel of land where she will plant ginger, and also to buy more seed.

Maria's story

Maria is 35 years old, and together with her spouse Wilmer she has five children. She and her family live in a small home, but one they own themselves. She is a strong woman. She had her first child at the age of 16, and the need to care and provide for her son led her to work arduously in farming. Along with her husband, she has cultivated for nearly 10 years the following: coffee, ginger, yucca, and plantains. But she notes that yucca she plants rarely and its harvests serves mostly for personal consumption. Thanks to her indigenous community, she has six plots of land, but currently only farms in four. "I have to clear away the brush to start other crops," she adds, and that is one of her goals. Of all her crops, coffee and ginger are the most profitable, therefore she invests more in them.

This is her second loan with MFP. She is grateful for the assistance given to her last time, and she promises that she will again make her payments punctually. She belongs to the community bank "Las Kioneras" and is proud to be working with enterprising women. This loan will be used to buy seeds and pay the laborers to clear the parcel where she will plant more ginger.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer JOHN NELSON

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