A loan of $325 helped buy fertilizer and a ram.

Clara's story

Clara, 29, has been in a common law marriage with the father of her 4 children for over 12 years. She now lives in her in-laws’ house. She has worked the land since she was a girl. Their temporary fields are located in the heights of her village. It takes about 1 or 1.3 hours by car to get there.

Their specialty is planting different types of potatoes. Her husband spends more time on these products. Clara, wanting an education for her children, decided to move to the city. She only goes back to the field to help during the harvest months. She picks, selects, and prepares the potatoes in 50 kilo sacks to send to the markets. Clara is very happy and proud of her potato production.

Now that she lives in the city, she proposes selling “mazamorra” (a sweet cream from purple corn) in the afternoon hours. Over time she has plans to buy and sell red meat. By taking advantage of the good cattle raising in her village, she is sure that this business will happen and without neglecting their crops.

She is the president of her community bank, and she is a very active member. This is her second loan with MFP, and in all this time she has shown that she makes her payments on time. What she likes the best is the solidarity of the group’s members. The loan is to by fertilizer. She will also buy a ram to raise and sell at a greater price. If possible, she will also buy pots and trays to use in preparing her “mazamorras”.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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