A loan of $1,200 helped to buy five bags of fertilizer and to pay laborers.

Romulo's story

Rómulo is fifty-five years old and is married to Ambrosia. Together they have eight children, although only the youngest, who is sixteen, lives with them. The family has their own home in a farming and livestock district. Rómulo is mild-mannered, but his work demonstrates his great capacity to get things done. He works as a farmer, which at his age is very tiring, but also comforting.

He grows large crops of potatoes. He does his planting mostly in May, November and December. "In this area the hearty potatoes are healthy and large, so they sell at good prices," he reports.

Rómulo began farming when he was young, and then started his family. Now, with all these years of experience, he has learned and expanded into other businesses, such as selling mutton.

He believes that currently his best investments will be in purchasing fertilizer and hiring laborers. In this way he will be able to keep working and get ahead. He is very grateful for the support he has received so far. This time he hopes to use the funds to initiate another planting cycle. This is his third loan with MFP. He promises that he will be punctual in his loan repayments, as he has with his past loans.

He belongs to the communal bank “Mirando un futuro mejor” ("looking toward a better future"), and he is thankful to be part of this team.

He will use the loan proceeds to buy five bags of fertilizer, the price of which is 500 soles per page. He will use the remaining funds to pay workers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kevin Bohnert

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