A loan of $1,000 helped to buy sacks of seeds and organic fertilizers.

Flor's story

Flor is 24 years old and has two daughters. The oldest is six years old and the little one is five months old. She is a single mother and lives in her parents' house.

In her five years as a farmer, she has realized that farming is what she does best, so she puts a great deal of effort into her daily work. Even the birth of her second daughter was not an impediment to taking care of her crops. "I always hire laborers, because I can't keep up with the plantings and harvests alone," she explains. Her main crops consist of potatoes, peas, corn, and fava beans, but she gives priority to the tubers, because of demand. In the freedom of the country, she also raises animals, like cattle and sheep. She sells them sporadically to cover urgent needs.

Flor is saving all the money she needs to be able to reach her objectives, one of which is to build her own house. Now, she will put her effort into her potato crops, taking advantage of the rains that are already coming.

This is Flor's eighth loan with MFP, and she is happy to belong to a stable group of active members. "Trabajemos Unidos" ["Let's Work Together"] is the name of her communal bank.

This month, Flor will begin a potato planting, for which she will invest the money in the purchase of sacks of seeds and organic fertilizers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Holly Torpey

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