A loan of $400 helped to buy natural fertilizers to scatter on her alfalfa plantings, as well as feed for her animals.


Maxima's story

Máxima is 62 years old. She is married to Rodrigo and they have eight children, but they are all independent adults now. Farming gave her the satisfaction of giving her the income to help educate her children, who are now living in the city of Lima. She grows corn, peas, and barley on her own land and on rented land. She sells each harvest in the country's capital, where her children help her out with contacts. She also has five cows, all of them diary cows, that produce an average of 35 liters per day. Her livestock is doing very well; her secret is that she grows the alfalfa that is their main food source herself. She also tells us that she gives them animal feed, de-worms them, and checks on them a lot. This is her eighth loan with MFP and the help she receives puts her at ease. She is also thankful for the trust they have placed in her and she promises to make her payments on time, as she would not let down this association made up of supportive, responsible people. Máxima will use this money to buy natural fertilizers to scatter on her alfalfa plantings, as well as feed for her animals.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alyson Trowbridge


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