A loan of $975 helped buy yucca, citrus fruits, banana and wild animal meat.

Gunter's story

Gunter, 58, is an impetuous and hard-working man. He’s worked all of his life to lead a quiet life beside his family. He has an agreeable relationship with Maria, with whom he has 8 children who are all the age of majority. He lives with wife, his son and his daughter-in-law in his own house that he was able to build thanks to many years of effort and perseverance in his work. Gunter sells products from the region; he has a small farm where he sows an array of crops, like yucca, coconut, orange, lemons and different tropical fruits that he harvests every second day and then walks around selling them in the city’s main market. During low-yield periods, the harvest is done weekly and he does other functions in order to ensure that there’s income. Sometimes he buys products from other producers because his clients ask for them and he doesn’t grow them. He’s been doing this for the last 2 years and it’s going well. He works with his wife who supports him in sales and attention to the customer. In the evenings, he works as a guard at a cattle farm to generate additional income. He’s very happy because both jobs are having good results. Before, his biggest problems included difficulty in transporting his goods to the city because of the terrible road conditions, and lack of manual labor in his sector, which didn’t allow for him to finish harvesting in the allotted time. Nevertheless all of these conditions have improved and he now works adequately and with better results. This is loan number 5 with the MFP. He’s grateful to all the people who continue to believe in him and allow him to access this new loan, which will help him increase his business capital. He knows he’ll have to responsible once again, and moreover, punctual. He’s happy to be a member of the communal bank as they are very united.
He’s asking for 2500 soles, which he’ll invest in different regional products, like yucca and citrus fruit. He’ll also buy banana and cattle and bird meat as he’s seen that there’s a demand for it in the population.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Beatriz Yuste

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