A loan of $400 helped to buy sacks of organic fertilizer so that she can plant potatoes.

Norma's story

Norma, 37, is married to Clemente, and they have 4 children aged 19, 16, 10 and 8. They live in their own home, which is located in a rural settlement where farming and livestock are the main activities. According to Norma, the work of a country woman is never done, and she must remain alert to any situation that might arise. Norma has been farming for 18 years on land that her parents gave her. Her husband Clemente also has some land that he inherited.

Norma cultivates potatoes of the “Yungay” and “Jilguero” varieties. She is able to successfully sell these products in the wholesale market of Tarma. "These potatoes sell better, they command higher prices, and their prices are stable," she says.

Farming is not easy, even more so when the children are school-aged, and you must care for them before you go out to farm. The months of January and February are important because of the rains; this is when she will start planting potatoes, which is the reason why she needs your support. This will be her 5th loan with MFP. She gives her word that she will make her monthly payments on time. Norma belongs to the communal bank "Mirando un futuro mejor," and she feels comfortable with the institution's system of internal accounting and the educational talks it provides.

Norma will use the 1,000 Peruvian soles she requests to buy sacks of organic fertilizer for the potatoes that she will plant this month.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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