A loan of $475 helped to pay three people whom he will hire to clean his fields.

Roberto's story

Roberto is 52 years old. He lives alone, since he is separated from his partner. He has worked in agriculture for more than 30 years, sufficient time to acquire 14 parcels of land, but now he only produces on 8 of them. His principal crops are coffee, cacao, achiote, oranges, and bananas. In the parcels that he doesn't cultivate now, he is thinking of planting ginger. He already has organic fertilizers for that, waiting for the right time. Meanwhile he is harvesting oranges and bananas. In this way he can cover his principal expenses. Now he has to begin the maintenance of the other fields, which already have many weeds interfering with growth.

This is his fifth loan with MPF, and he is grateful for the support offered in the past. For this reason, he says that he will make his payments punctually. He is pleased with the work of his communal bank, because the system for working is in a team.

Roberto will invest the money in paying three people whom he will hire to clean his fields.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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