A loan of $400 helped to buy sacks of organic fertilizer.

Hermelinda's story

Hermelinda is 39 years old and lives with her partner Edgar. The couple have five children who are 9, 8, 5, 4 and 2 years old. They all live together in their own home which is located in an indigenous community in the central jungle. Hermelinda works very hard. She started working in the fields 20 years ago. Over this long period of time, she has acquired 12 plots of land which are located in different parts of her town. On her land she grows citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons. She also grows coffee and annatto. As her crops are located a fair distance from her home, she gets up very early in the morning so that she can get to them on time.

Hermelinda is very good at selling her produce. For example, she harvests her coffee in the months of April, May and June; her annatto in October and November, and her oranges in December and November. This allows her to make income for her family year round. Her work is never ending and she is currently tending to her corn fields which she will harvest in February. She is requesting your support to buy bags of organic fertilizer.

This is Hermelinda's fourth loan from MFP and she pledges to be punctual in making her monthly repayments as she has been in the past. “Los productores Inchatingari” is the name of her community bank and she is happy to belong to the group.

Hermelinda will use her 1,000 soles to buy sacks of organic fertilizer to spread over her corn crops.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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