A loan of $475 helped purchase fertilizers for a farm.


Melania's story

Melania is 52 years old, married with 7 children. Presently two of them live with her and her husband. As a girl and until she was 18, she herded her father's rams and only some days she helped her parents at the farm. But when she got married her chores increased: being a housewife, taking care of her children, grazing the cattle and helping her husband, a farmer, at the farm. Daily she gets up a 4:00 am to prepare the food and get ready to carry the lunch and go to work at the farm. She carries the heavy bags of food for all the workers. During this season, and the previous ones, they have planted 3 hectares of potato. The family's sole income comes from sowing potato and pea which are very profitable. First they sow potato and in the fertilized land they sow pea and thus they avoid to make an additional investment for fertilizer. Melania has had six previous loans with MFP and up to now she has been punctual. The money requested will be invested in buying fertilizers such as nitrate and potasio for her potato farm.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer lene struck


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