A loan of $1,175 helped to buy organic fertilizer.

Mercedes's story

36- year old Mercedes is married to Hector and they have three children. For eight years now they have lived in the house they built after much hard work. It is located in a farming area as Mercedes works in agriculture. It's not easy work and even more difficult with a little daughter, but Mercedes does a good job. Thanks to her hard work she now has her own land and crops. She grows potatoes and peas for the most part, but also corn, beans, and gladioli flowers at different times. She also has two bulls for ploughing and two donkeys for transporting the products.

Mercedes and her husband are very happy as they enjoy farming and each harvest brings in money. She is sure that the way forward is through agriculture and saving money to buy more land so they don't have to spend it renting land. Her short-term plans are to grow peas and potatoes so she is once again seeking a loan. She plans to spend S/. 3000 on organic fertilizer to spread on her fields. She is grateful for the financial assistance she receives so promises to make the repayments on time.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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