A loan of $400 helped to buy ten bags of organic manure.

Vilma's story

Vilma, 42, lives with Ricardo with whom she has six children but only four of them still live with them; they are 16, 13, 12 and 10 years of age. They live in her own house in an indigenous community in the central jungle. Vilma’s a very organized woman. Thanks to her effort and force of will she’s able to support her large family. She’s been working in agriculture for 25 years and currently has five parcels of land under cultivation that her community granted her since she joined her life to her husband’s. They grow coffee, annatto, bananas and some citrus fruit like oranges and tangelos (hybrid citrus). It’s very demanding work so she gets help from her children but when the work load is intense she has to hire personnel like day laborers for harvesting and planting coffee.

“This time around I planted bananas and must wait a year for the first fruits,” she says. Vilma is asking for your support to insure the healthy growth of her banana plants. She needs to buy bags of manure. This is her 4th MFP loan. She comments that teamwork is more satisfying so she enjoys being part of her communal bank called “Los Productores Inchatingari.” She mentions that she’ll make her payments punctually. Vilma will use the 1000 soles to fertilize her young banana plants. She will buy ten bags of organic manure.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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