A loan of $800 helped to buy sacks of natural fertilizer.

Ema's story

Ema, age 40, lives along with Nikeas, with whom she has five children, ages 17, 15, 14, 10, and 7. They live in their own modest but tidy home, located in an indigenous community in the central jungle. Ema is a hard-working and happy woman who has been working in agriculture for 17 years. Together with her partner, they work their fields with determination. Ema grows corn, yuca, plantains, and other fruits on lands that were granted to her by the community and on some that she bought herself. "Every time I have a harvest, I take my produce to the wholesale market, but every so often those same buyers will come out to my fields themselves," she tells us with pride.

This month she needs to tidy up her crops and spread manure and fertilizer. She mentions that in December her produce goes up in price, and that's why she needs support to keep going with her plans. This will be her sixth loan with Microfinanzas Prisma [Kiva field partner] and she promises to make her monthly payments on time. She belongs to the 'Nuevo Amanecer de la Aldea" community bank and feels satisfied to be in the company of other responsable members. She will invest 2,000 nuevos soles [PEN] in buying sacks of natural fertilizers for her plantain, corn, and other fruit crops.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jacob Bintliff

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