Tomás Ttito and Felipa Quispe de Ttito live in Urcos, Peru, and can usually be found working in their greenhouse, where they cultivate twenty colorful varieties of flowers including roses, lilies and carnations. They sell about 350 to 500 flowers per week, earning enough to send their children to university. However life wasn´t always rosy for the couple.
Before becoming wholesale flower producers, Tomás and Felipa grew peaches and corn, which were not very profitable. After years of lackluster success, they then decided to try growing flowers, but to do that, they needed to build a greenhouse. The Ttitos tried obtaining a loan to build the greenhouse, but none of the banks they approached trusted them to repay a loan, and thus, rejected their requests.
It wasn’t until Tomás approached CREDIVISION that he was able to acquire a loan. Tomás and Felipa then built their greenhouse and began their flower business. Today, the Ttito´s business produces vibrant blooms throughout the year and earns more per month than they did in a year of growing corn and peaches.
In the future, Tomás and Felipa hope to purchase land in Cusco, explaining, "We believe we must always take care of our children, so that they may have good live. We are hoping to acquire a lot in Cusco where they can live. As long as we have strength, we will work for them."