A loan of $1,500 helped to buy and electric mower to remove the weeds from his crops.


Raul's story

Raúl is 45 years old and is married to Gisela of 44 years of age. They have five children but they now live with only three of them. Every day from sunrise to sunset, he works together with his wife growing coffee, citus fruits, plantains, achiote and corn. Agriculture has been his principal source of income since he was 22 and he enjoys his work very much during the months of June, July, August and September because of the good weather during this season.  Nevertheless, moving heavy sacks of produce is difficult. "Sales are profitable but one has to know on which dates to sow to make the best of the days when there is a good price," he says. In the future he wants to increase production and start planting cocoa, since he has seen that it is crop in high demand and a good price is paid in the city where he sells.  This is his sixth loan with MFP anf he promises to repay it punctually, as he has previously. Further, he is one of the founding members of the communal bank, for which he has a great respect.  Raúl will use the loan to buy an electric mower to remove the weeds from his crops.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer KAROLINA KOSZELSKI


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