A loan of $400 helped contratar jornaleros y comprar sacos de abono orgánico.

Lidia's story

At 50 years old, Lidia knows that, whatever happens, her children come first. So, with a lot of hard work, she has provided for the family and given her four children a good education. She shares her experiences in her wooden house.

Lidia started in agriculture because of her parents. Since she was a little girl she had helped them in their work and, later on, having this experience was very useful and is now her principal form of income. In the low season, Lidia normally receives help from her children but needs to hire labourers for the bigger jobs. What she most loves about her work is that, during the upkeep of the plots, the colours of the fallen leaves scattered across the ground look beautiful.

With the production season started, Lidia wants to continue investing in production on the plots, and she needs money to buy bags of organic fertiliser, such as guano (bird droppings). In addition, she needs to pay the labourers who plant the seeds and that do the weeding to ensure quality products grow on from the plot.

Knowing that she won’t always be strong enough to continue with the physical labour of working in the fields, one of her long term objectives is to open a grocery store, so she can work less in the field. This is her thirteenth loan and she is incredibly grateful for the opportunities that these loans have given her, helping her to succeed. She is very satisfied with the work of her colleagues at the communal bank, who have had confidence in her and who have motivated her.

With 1,000 Peruvian Nuevos Soles, she will buy organic fertiliser to maximise production and also pay the wages of the labourers, who earn around 25 Peruvian Nuevos Soles a day.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw

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