A loan of $775 helped to buy 20 bags of manure from barnyard fowl to spread on his coffee crops.

Elias's story

Elías is 59 years old. He is married to Lilia, with whom he has 11 children, but he lives with only 5 of them, the youngest being 7 years old. His house is his own, and it is located in an indigenous community of the central forest. Elías is a hard-working man. He has worked in agriculture since he was 18 years old.

Thanks to this work, he managed to acquire his own house, which he built with his sons. Then he was able to buy more farmland, since his community also issued him parcels.

With the passing of time, he distributed his land to his children. Now he cultivates only one parcel, but he confirms that it provides him with the necessary production.

"In this zone, the 'seda' (common yellow) and 'isla' (sweeter orange) varieties of bananas give good fruit," he comments, obtaining from10 to 15 arrobas (about 30 lbs) which were sold immediately at 4 PEN per arroba.

Coffee is another story. This year his production increased, but the prices in the market were not good. But he is very optimistic and continues with the care of these plants.

This time, Elías needs help to buy organic fertilizers to guarantee better fruits for his next harvests. This is his second loan with MFP. He feels comfortable in his communal bank, "The Yaneshas Producers," since the experience in the first loan cycle pleased him because of the teamwork.

With the 2000 soles from the loan, he will be able to buy 20 bags of manure from barnyard fowl to spread on his coffee plantings, which he just cleaned. Thus he will have better expectations for his harvests.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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