A loan of $400 helped to hire field hands.

Zenayda's story

Zenayda is 22 years old and is a single young woman who lives with her parents in her native community in the central jungle.
Zenayda is a hardworking and enterprising young woman who wants to save up enough to be able to go to school and pay her own tuition. This is her motivation for farming.

As a girl she was taught not to settle for things and that there are always reasons for continuing to work and being entrepreneurial. Her parents provided two plots of farmland where she raises coffee and bananas. At first her parents and brothers helped her with the planting and harvests, but when she started making money she hired field hands.

“I learned to be independent, thanks to my parents, and things are going well for me with my crops, because they always give me advice,” she says.
She sells her harvest in the central market and she must hire vehicles and pay freight costs, but the investment is worth it because her income is considerable, especially for coffee sales.

This will be her second loan through MFP and she is committed to being on time with her monthly payments. Her communal bank is called “Los Productores Yaneshas” and she likes the teamwork.
She will use the money to pay for field hands who will clean up her fields.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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