A loan of $1,000 helped to buy farm supplies and hire day laborers to help with the heavy tasks.

Carlos's story

Carlos, 54, is a good, responsible man; he’s separated from the mother of his children. He has three children who are all independent adults now. He lives on his boss’s property and works caring for his crops. He also uses this land for his own crops and to keep his animals.

Carlos’ work consists in growing citrus fruit and some regional products like manioc, bananas, ‘charapita’ chili peppers, and others. He also raises animals like chickens, ducks, cows, etc. He does this work on his boss’s land since he’s his employee and in return is allowed to use the estate’s land to plant his own crops and to raise his animals. He does his work alone and only when necessary hires some day laborers to help him with the planting.

He enjoys his work very much because he’s always out in nature and also has free time for many other activities. He hopes to keep producing and to be able to later on buy his own agricultural estate where he can work growing his crops and raise his animals.

This is his 10th MFP loan. He’s always been a good member of his communal bank where he’s very well-liked because he’s very responsible and supportive. He hopes they will be able to provide him this loan because it will be good back-up for him to continue increasing his work supplies. He’s convinced that he’ll continue to be a very punctual member and will pay all his installments on time like he’s done with all the previous loans he’s had. He will use the requested 2,500 soles to buy grain and some manioc plants and he will also pay for some laborers to help him with the planting which is a bit hard work.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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