A loan of $600 helped to buy several sacks of organic compost.

Bertha's story

Bertha, age 39, is in a common-law relationship with Alfredo. They have five children, but only three of them (ages 16, 14, and 10) live at home. This family lives in a basic house of their own which is located in an indigenous community in the central jungle. Bertha is a conscientious woman. After she had her first child (which was 18 years ago), Bertha began working in the fields alongside her partner. They grow star fruit, bananas, and coffee. Their farmland is scattered in different places. They only grow fruit within their community, but the coffee is cultivated in areas with higher elevation. “Growing coffee requires great sacrifice and more investment, but the profits are much better,” says Bertha. Coffee is harvested once a year, while the fruit can be harvested three times a year. For this reason, her work is always continuous.

This month is crucial for fertilizing her coffee plants and removing weeds. Bertha is requesting assistance so that she can continue with her work. This will be her fourth loan with MFP. She states that she will submit her monthly payments on time. Bertha is part of the Communal Bank “Nuevo Amanecer de La Aldea” (New Dawn of the Village) and feels comfortable because her group has responsible members. She will invest her loan of 1,500 PEN in the purchase of several sacks of organic compost that she will apply on her coffee plants.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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