A loan of $400 helped to buy organic fertilizer.

Nelida's story

Nélida, 35, is a hard-working woman. She lives together with her husband whom she married 3 years ago. They have 3 girls who they brought up in their own home located in Pampa Blanca. Her main source of income comes from the sale of food to nurses from her dependency. They pay her for the food they receive during the day. Nélida also opened a grocery store three years ago where she sells basic goods to those living in her area. Her husband, meanwhile, works as a lorry driver, transporting goods across the country in his parents' lorry. "Sometimes he is away for several days," says Nélida. That is why Nélida needs to sow her potato, olluco and other tuber crops on plots of land that were inherited, and Nélida tends to them to ensure they grow. During the harvest season, she sells the products in the city's capital, Lima, making the most of her husband's job to transport the goods and obtain greater profits. Nélida is now thinking of moving her possessions to a safer place as the earthquake some months ago split the wall of her home. She will knock it down to rebuild a stronger one. Nélida is also harvesting a large volume of olluco, "This year, the market price is very high, which is why I will plant more" she comments.

Nélida belongs to the “Pampa Blanca” communal bank and this is her 8th loan with MFP. She feels happy with MFP as she has been working for many years with this association, where the members are people, who treat others as human beings, and who, above all are keen to help each other.

Nélida will invest the money she is seeking to purchase organic fertilizers for her next olluco crop which she will scatter in a few days' time.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Severine

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