A loan of $1,150 helped to buy three sacks of pea seeds and bags of fertilizer.

Alida's story

Alida is 25 years old. Her husband is Percy, with whom she has three children: María Fernanda is five, Edith is four, and Yamile is one year old. This family lives in their own house located in a rural community.

Alida has worked in agriculture for more than five years, since she had her first child. Together with her husband, she plants peas, corn, potatoes, and flowers. The peas bring in a good income because their price is stable, but the flowers (gladiolus) are more profitable because of their low investment costs and quick harvest time. "I plant twice a year and try to have the harvests coincide with the months when the prices are up," she explains. She sells the potatoes, corn, and peas in the city wholesale market. Now she will start a new crop of peas, for which she needs support.

This is her eighth loan through MFP, so she promises to be punctual with her monthly loan payments. She belongs to the communal bank "Los Picaflores de Patay" ["The Hummingbirds of Patay"], and she feels pleased to have responsible members who are reliable with their payments.

Alida will invest the money from her loan in the purchase of three sacks of pea seeds and bags of fertilizer.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Holly Torpey

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