A loan of $400 helped to buy natural fertilizers.

Cesar's story

Cesar is 35 years old and a hard-working man. Together with Julia, his wife of 10 years, he takes care of their 3 children in the house he bought nine years ago.

“I still have a lot of goals to achieve," says Cesar. He still does not have the money he needs to buy his own land for agriculture, but this hasn't discouraged him at all. To the contrary, he works harder every day, saving what he can to buy land in the future.

He now has seven years of experience growing potato, ulluco, New Zealand yam, mashua, barley, broad beans, and peas. He rents land from his community because it costs less and in that way he can help support the growth of the community. After each harvest, he travels into the capital to sell his vegetables. He travels twice a week, taking mashua, peas, and potatoes, which he sells at retail in the "La Parada" market, the largest in the country. Because he is a framer, he also has three horses and three donkeys, which he uses as loading animals to transport fertilizers to the fields. "That way I am less tired," he says.

This will be his sixth loan with MFP and he is happy to know he will have financial support because he is confident that he will progress with his work. He also promises to make his payments on time. He is thankful to be a part of his association because all of its members are responsible people and very supportive. Cesar will invest the money in buying natural fertilizers to spread over the various varieties of potato he grows, including yungay, canchan, andina, and huairo macho.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Danielle Kamffer

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