Otilio is currently one of the caciques, or chiefs, for the community, and is a part of one of the founding members of the community of Arimae, which was formally founded in the 1970's to help defend the community's land from illegal loggers and cattle ranchers.
The residents of Arimae are ancestors of the Chocó people who migrated from the Chocó region of Colombia during the 16th century, and subsisted for generations as hunter-gatherers and fishermen. Today, the community members depend mostly on subsistence agriculture and day labor to put food on the table. Arimae is part of a network of indigenous reservations that once stretched for hundreds of thousands of hectares in the Darien. Over the past 30 years however, their land holdings have declined sharply as illegal logger and cattle ranchers encroach into their reservation in search of timber and pastureland.
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This loan is designed to help smallholder farmers or local communities generate short-term crop revenue while waiting for their tree plantations to reach maturity. If the loan is for a smallholder farmer, it is an individual loan. If the loan is to a community, it benefits a geographic area of 250 to 1,000 people. This loan will be repaid using revenue from the sale of plantains. Profits will be shared equally between planting empowerment and borrower or borrower community.
Because Planting Empowerment is a relatively young organization that completed its first plantain harvest in August 2013, this loan may carry a higher level of risk than typical Kiva loans. Expected repayments to Kiva lenders are based on projected harvest revenues.
Important InformationThis Kiva loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit.
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