A loan of $600 helped to buy ingredients such as onion, rice, sugar, and eggs for food preparation.

Javier's story

Javier, 50, is a shy man. He has been living in the home that he inherited from his mother for 20 years together with his two children: Luzmila and Melania. Presently he finds himself confronted with a difficult problem; he lost his housing documents; he will recover the duplicates within a few months. 13 years ago he became a widower. Since then, he has worked in order to support his family. He has always liked to cook. His wife used to work as a laborer in various crops while he looked after his restaurant where he sold Chinese food: "in my best days, it was one of the best restaurants, when my wife passed I had to close down," he says wistfully. It's like this that a few months ago, with the help of his communal bank, he began to plant in the land that he rents on an annual basis. He grows peas, corn, quinoa, and potatos which he sells in the city at great prices since they are good quality and organic.

He belongs to the solidarity group "Cruz de espinas" and this is his third loan with MFP. In all these years of working, he has gotten good results in his business and in his personal life for which he is grateful. Because of this, he promises to be punctual with his payments. Moreover, he likes being a part of his communal bank since they support one another and are like a family.

Javier will use this money to buy ingredients such as onion, rice, sugar, and eggs for food preparation.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeremy Orloski

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