A loan of $375 helped to buy organic fertiliser.


Paulina's story

Paulina is 53 years old and is married to Demetrio. They have four children and all live together in a house made of sun-dried bricks. Paulina comes from a poor background. She mainly makes her living in agriculture but occasionally she collects plastic bottles to sell to large recycling plants. Paulina has a plot of land where she grows turmeric, organic cacao and other profitable products such as mullein. Paulina has been doing this work for 28 years and, with the money she has made over the years, she recently bought another plot of land. When the harvest comes around, Paulina hires local labourers to support her and collect the various fruits more quickly. What Paulina likes about her work is seeing that her harvest are good quality, which allows her to earn back the money she has invested. However, one of her biggest problems is transporting her products from her land to sales outlets. This is Paulina's third Kiva loan and she is very grateful for the financial support provided, which allows her to continue moving forward. On this occasion she is applying for 1000 Nuevo Soles in order to buy organic fertiliser for her crops.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw


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