A loan of $400 helped buy organic fertilizer for her next harvest and (if sufficient funds remain) healthy feed for her animals.

Maria's story

María is 44 years old and is a responsible mother. She has 2 daughters, but she only lives with Yanina, her oldest daughter. She raised her daughters by herself. "It was difficult," she says, but with the help of her family she was able to get by.

Her main source of income is embroidering traditional "Wanka" underskirts. She embroiders with thread and sells her products for 200 sols. She makes an average of 2 products a week, which she sells in a well-known market in the city. However, like every good country woman, she also sows potatoes and olluco (a native tuber) on her own farmland.

She says that when she harvests her crops, she sells them in the market in one of the districts of the city, where she makes good profits. She makes the most of this opportunity to sell the animals that she raises (bulls and pigs). Currently, María is calm in the knowledge that she will help her youngest daughter become a professional.

María is a member of "Barrio Oriental" (Eastern Neighborhood) communal bank and this is her 17th loan from MFP. She is thankful for their support, which will allow her to achieve her goals. For her part, she pledges to make her repayments on time. In addition, she enjoys being a part of their organization and has been involved with them for many years.

María will invest the money she has requested in buying organic fertilizer to use for the next harvest and also balanced feed for her animals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patrick Bales

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