A loan of $975 helped to hire workers.


Carmen's story

Carmen, 48, is married to Herminio and they have four children. Their 15-year-old daughter, Merly, is the only one who still lives at home. They own the home they live in which is next to the central forest.

Carmen is very dynamic and active in her work. For nine years she has been farming crops, with the main ones being coffee, bananas and avocado. What she enjoys most is removing the weeds that grow constantly, because that ensures her crops can grow better. The daily hard work she puts into growing bananas means she must travel twice a month to the cities of La Merced and Villa Rica where she sells her produce. But since she knows the coffee harvest season is only once a year she wants to improve and expand into growing different crops so she does not run into economic problems. Now she is preparing to harvest the last coffee beans that she hopes will give her a good profit. She plans to hire workers to take care of the crops.

She belongs to the communal bank "La unión hace la fuerza del palomar" and this is her third loan through MFP. She hopes to count on your help to meet her goals.

Carmen will use the money to hire workers to clear her cropland and to buy bags of fertilizer.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess


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