A loan of $400 helped to pay day laborers and to buy sacks of organic fertilizer.

Justina's story

Justina is 32 years old and separated. She has five children who she loves and cares for in her own home which is located in an indigenous community in the central jungle. Justina is a woman like few others. It was her strength which enabled her to overcome the disappointment that she felt when she separated from her partner. She is now solely responsible for the care of her children. She has been farming for 10 years and currently has 9 plots of land on which she grows crops. She received these plots of land from her community and her parents and uses them to grow coffee, annatto and citrus fruits such as oranges and tangelos. "Every year I harvest 1,500 kilos of annatto and I sell each kilo for 4 soles. It is profitable", she says.

Justina's work is very tiring so she receives help from her eldest son. However, when the day's work is really strenuous she hires day laborers to help with the harvesting. "In May sales are good because coffee reaches its highest price", she says. In spite of everything, Justina is happy with her work because everything she obtains is the product of her own efforts. She is currently hoping to start sowing another plot of land with coffee but she will need to weed in order to plant new coffee crops. She has the seedlings ready for her plantation.

This is Justina's first loan from MFP and she pledges to be punctual in making her monthly repayments. She says that she feels supported by her community bank 'Productores de Inchatingari' because her fellow group members all share the same plans.

Justina will use her 1,000 soles to pay the day laborers who will plant her coffee seedlings. If she has any money left over she will buy organic fertilizer.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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