A loan of $200 helped to buy 40 sacks of organic fertilizer for his potato plantings.


Jaime's story

Jaime, 50, is married to Juana and has four children, but only the youngest, Marieni, lives with them. They bought their house 20 years ago. His motto is: "Working with great care is important." Every day he heads for his fields, where he grows potatoes, olluco, oca, and mashua [Andean tubers], pulls weeds, and fertilizes so that each harvest will be bountiful. His wife always goes with him to care for the animals (sheep, alpaca, and horses) that are kept in the high country. "The animals adapt to the altitude, and there are natural pastures where they can eat better," he contends. They plan to increase their herd by buying more alpacas because he says selling these animals and their wool generates higher profits. He belongs to the group “Los quinuales.” This is his second loan cycle with MFP, where he feels he has developed skills and received help to grow his business. He promises to make his payments on time. He also likes working with his group because the members are responsible and caring. Jaime will use this loan to buy 40 sacks of organic fertilizer for his potato plantings.

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