A loan of $775 helped to pay laborers and buy organic fertilizer.

Ruben's story

Rubén is a 44-year-old man who is married to Lourdes, who is 37. He is a father of five children, and he is providing them with a good education. He currently lives with his family in a house built of wood. When he reached adulthood, he began working as a laborer in the production of the crops cacao, achiote and barbasco, so that he could eventually buy his own parcel of land, which over the years he has turned into a good source of income to support his family.

For the routine tasks of his work, he always has the support of his wife. On occasion, he needs the help of laborers to perform more complex and intensive tasks. He is grateful to have his work, since thanks to this he has been able to provide a better life for his family. However, he admits that the rainy season makes it more difficult to perform his work.

His long-term plan is to open a grocery store in which his wife can work and make extra income. On this occasion he is seeking 2,000 nuevos soles to hire laborers and proceed with the second weeding operation of the season. He will also buy bags of organic fertilizer so that he can optimize his production and obtain a good harvest.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kevin Bohnert

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