A loan of $975 helped to buy natural fertilizer.

Elizabeth's story

Elizabeth, 47, is an unassuming, hardworking woman. She lives wither five children; she cares for the in her own house. She is a woman with multiple occupations because she must get ahead in order to care for her children.

In the morning she sells food and candy in a small snack bar she set up in a local school. She earns considerable money there since she’s the only one selling such items. But the activity that fills her with calm and peace is growing potatoes, wheat, quinoa and lima beans that she cares for on her own land that she inherited from her father.

She also raises animals like chickens and pigs that she then sells in the city of Jauja in the street market that takes place once a week. But since she’s well known, she says that during harvest time merchants come to her fields to buy her entire crops of ripe food products.

She belongs to the “Mujeres Luchadoras” communal bank and this is her fourth MFP loan. She feels grateful for the support she found in her association because it allows her to improve her business’ working capital. Because of this, she promises to be punctual with her installment payments. Elizabeth will use the money to buy natural fertilizer to spread among her potato plants.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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