A loan of $775 helped to buy organic fertilizer.

Juana's story

Juana, 65, is divorced and has one son. She currently lives alone in her own home, constructed many years ago by her ex-husband. Juana makes a living cultivating corn, potatoes, and peas on the land which she inherited from her parents. She works alone. She likes planting alfalfa the most because after cutting the plants, they grow much more and they can last 3 years with good production. "You have to water them every 8 days," she says. At the same time she is raising 150 guinea pigs in her home, which she sells wholesale for human consumption. She says that this time she sold a good quantity of them, so she could pay her bills.

As her business is fairly profitable, she is thinking about living with her 15-year-old grandson, Marco. Therefore, she is thinking about dedicating herself to the business of selling alfalfa and guinea pigs, because she wants to support him with the expenses of his studies. This month is the most important for planting peas, so she needs your help. She will use these 2000 Peruvian soles to buy organic fertilizer for her corn crops and to start planting peas.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Volz

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