A loan of $375 helped to purchase organic fertilizer.

Santa's story

Santa is 43 years old and she's married to Enrique who is 53 years old. Together they have 3 children who live with them in their house, which is made of noble materials. Santa owns a hectare and a half of farming land which she bought when she was very young. This is where she works to maintain her cultivated fields in good shape. This allows her to obtain a high quality product which she sells at a good price in her local markets. She started working as a farmer due to her parents initiative, they supported her since she was a child in the various agricultural tasks which are a part of this trade.

Santa uses only organic fertilizer in order to obtain an optimal growth in her fields, which are very fertile. Nonetheless, this also encourages the growth of weeds which she must remove constantly with the help of workers who she pays ahead of time. When harvesting time comes around she hires support employees in order to pick up the ripe fruits and to air dry them. She then bags her fruits in the appropriate burlap bags and takes them to the area warehouse where she is paid according to the quality of her product.

This is her first loan with Kiva and she feels thankful for the financial support she receives in order to get ahead. She also commits to pay her dues punctually. She wants to take this opportunity to apply for 1,000 nuevos soles ($375) in order to purchase organic fertilizer.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emily Berrios

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