A loan of $1,550 helped to buy bags of manure to fertilize her cacao plants.

Maximina's story

Maximina, 45, lives in the house she bought with her husband, Benito, 49. They have four children.

She likes farm labor because from a very young age she learned about cacao and coffee plants. Since she got her plot of land she hasn't hesitated to work it to grow cacao plants because she considers them very profitable. She has done this work for 28 years. She has her own plot of land and one of the things she likes most is to harvest the cacao with the people from her community who help her with the harvest. She sells her crop to the distribution centers, where they give her a good price per kilogram of cacao.

Her greatest desire is to buy another plot of land and continue growing cacao, but now her priority is to do crop maintenance for her next harvest.

This is her first loan with MFP and she is grateful for the help it gives her. She promises to be punctual with her payments so she will have the opportunity to get another loan. In her communal bank she is happy to know that she has the support and advice of her partners.

With the 4,000 nuevos soles [PEN] from this loan she will buy bags of manure to fertilize her cacao plants with the help of the day laborers she will hire.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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