A loan of $325 helped to buy sacks of organic manure.

Hermelinda's story

Hermelinda, 55, lives with her spouse since her children have already left home. Her house is hers and is located in an indigenous community in the central jungle. She’s been working in agriculture for 35 years since when her children were little. She managed to raise them and school them this way. Now, she and her husband are in charge of weeding and growing their products. “On my four parcels of land, we grow coffee, ginger, manioc, avocadoes and citrus fruit; this way we earn money year-round,” she mentions. Hermelinda is very intelligent; she knows how to negotiate her products which is why she takes them to market on determined days which is when prices are most beneficial.

In these days she heads up into the mountains (where here parcels are located) to do the weeding and crop maintenance. To do so, she needs sacks of organic manure; this is her most immediate plan. This will be MFP loan #5. She was punctual with her previous payments and has no doubt she’ll be so again now. She’s a member of the “Los Clavelitos de Shankivironi” (Shankivironi Little Carnations) and she likes the work it does. She will be able buy sacks of organic manure needed for the coffee, ginger and avocado crops with the money.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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