A loan of $1,200 helped to buy cacao plants, fertilizers, compost and liquid weedkiller.

Napoleon Mesias's story

Napoleón Mesías is 34 years old. He is single and has two children. He lives with his children, aged 12 and 5, in Chillanes, in the Province of Bolívar.

The TENDAL communal bank is made up of 11 members, both men and women. It is located 45 minutes from the cooperative.

Napoleón works in agriculture, planting cacao, coffee and oranges. He makes his purchases and sales in Chillanes or in San José del Tambo every two weeks.

He is requesting the loan to buy cacao plants, fertilizers, compost and liquid weedkiller.

With the help of the loan, he will be able to increase his production and thus his income. His dream is to expand his production so that he has enough money for his children's education.

The challenges he has been able to overcome are low prices as well as roads in terrible shape which make it hard for him to transport his products in good condition.

In his free time, he likes to play volleyball. He is responsible and respectful, and he enjoys the festivities of Carnaval.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman

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