A loan of $775 helped to buy organic manure.

Reyna's story

Reyna, 53, lives with Pedro with whom she has 8 children but only one of them, Jhon, still lives with them. They live in a house they built with much effort located in an agricultural district. Reyna works in agriculture and selling vegetables. She’s been working about 30 years now. Along with her husband, Pedro, she heads out to the crops and cares for them.

They plant a variety of potatoes, peas and other vegetables. Said products are then transported all the way to the Tarma wholesale market, especially on market days (Thursday and Sunday). She does very well because she’s learned throughout the years to trade intelligently. “Work in the field is tiring but I’m used to it and if I don’t work a day I feel uncomfortable,” she mentions. Her older children also help with the heavier tasks. Thus, Reyna and Pedro live in harmony with the idea in mind of continuing to grow.

This is her 8th MFP loan and she commits to make her monthly payments punctually. She feels happy to have belonged to her communal bank of responsible, supportive people for so many years. This time she will earmark the requested 2000 soles to buy organic manure like barnyard guano and what’s left over (500 soles) she’ll use to buy pea seeds.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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