A loan of $775 helped to buy seedlings, sacks of organic manure and to hire day laborers.

Yessica's story

Yessica, 25, has been sharing her life with Gabriel for five years but they don’t have any children yet because they want to be established as a family first and have the basic conditions necessary for their future children’s comfort. She’s been working for five years growing organic cocoa beans on land she got with support from her parents when she was very young. She later managed to expand the capacity of her fields with Gabriel’s help in order to consolidate her production and thus her income. She does the tasks alongside her spouse and sometimes hires day laborers especially for maintenance and weeding because this is very hard work that has to be done collectively with a drop of care added to do said chores. According to her, the motivator is the final profits earned since they symbolize the hard work applied.

A short time ago thanks to much effort she was able to acquire an additional parcel adjacent to hers she plans to expand her cocoa bean crops into and to do so needs to have seedlings, organic manure and additional manpower to plant shade trees like banana trees and others. Her objectives are well-drawn out because one of her plans is to acquire an urban lot for housing thus forging a better future for her children.

This is her 5th MFP loan and she gives thanks in advance for the trust placed in her because when she started out she had some obstacles with her crops and they were of great help for her solving them. She totally trusts her communal group because all the members without exception are people she’s known since she was a little girl. She will use the 2,000 new soles to expand her crops; she will buy seedlings, organic manure and pay to hire day laborers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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