A loan of $1,150 helped to purchase bags of fertilizer, machetes, and to pay off the cleansing of her crops.

Elisabeth's story

Elisaeth is 22 years old, her partner is named Elvis whom she has a 5 year old child with. They live together in a house they recently built with grand effort. She had her kid when she was 17 and since then her life has changed, she began working in agriculture thanks to some land they received from the community. From these 3 plots of land they produce coffee and annatto. " I just started to harvest coffee which is why I only produced 8 sacks, but next year I will produce 15." she states. In regards to the annatto, this year she harvested 500 Kilograms and each Kilograms is sold for around 5-7 soles. Because she is able to sell them immediately, it is beneficial to have both crops. She would like to obtain more land, she is conscious that her products sell well and will continue to work in order to achieve her goals.

This is her 3rd loan with MFP and she gives her word to be punctual with her payments. She goes even further to state that she will be an active and responsible member of her communal bank, " Flor de Almendra" (Almond Flower).
Elisabeth will set aside 2000 nuevos soles towards the purchase of fertilizer, the rest will be utilized to purchase tools (machetes) and to pay for the cleansing of her crops.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gustavo Gutierrez

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