A loan of $800 helped to buy natural fertilizer.

Ruth's story

Ruth is 22 years old. She is married to José Luis, who is 26 years old, and has a one-year-old daughter. They live in a rented house close to their relatives.

Ruth earns her living growing potatoes, peas, fava beans, corn, and other vegetables like cilantro, carrots, and lettuce. She and her husband have been farming for three years. They learned their agricultural techniques from their parents, who grew up on the lands that now belong to them and belonged to their parents before them. They also cultivate rented fields in order to produce larger quantities.

Ruth likes harvesting potatoes, because she likes gathering them from the furrows to later sell them in the market in the city of Tarma, where they are already known for the quality of their harvests. The hard part is transporting the harvest to the market, since the sacks are very heavy. The earnings that they receive are reinvested.

This is Ruth's sixth loan with Kiva and she feels very grateful for the financial support that she receives. She is committed to making her payments punctually. She will invest the 2000 soles (PEN) in the purchase of composted material to fertilize her crops, as she will be harvesting them soon.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Holly Torpey

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