A loan of $1,475 helped to buy pea and gladiola seeds and sacks of organic manure.

Epifaneo's story

Epifaneo, 66, is a widower. His wife died many years ago and this is why he was unable to have children. He lives in a house of his own that he built with much effort in an agricultural annex. Epifaneo’s a man of much strength. His age is no impediment to working in agriculture, a very tiring activity for many. But for him, it’s more than a source of income since he’s spent his entire life in the fields. His main crops are potatoes, peas, gladiola flowers and lima beans. But he states that it’s to his advantage to plant peas and gladiola flowers because of their quick growth and low investment. Epifaneo works alone for the most part so he has horses and donkeys to help him transport his crops. Sometimes, like during harvesting, he has to hire staff.

He hopes to continue with his activity because he enjoys what he does which is why this time he will start a pea and lima bean crop and is asking for your help to do so. This will be his 13th MFP loan. He is very grateful for the economic and educational support all this time. He’s a member of the “Santa Cruz de Patay” communal bank, the province’s oldest, most unified group. He will use 2,500 soles of the loan to buy pea and gladiola seeds and will use the rest to buy organic manure.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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