Aristobulo lives with his wife, kids, and grandchildren in Embera Puru, and is part of one of the founding families of the community. He was a community leader, and has been an advocate for the plantain project since it was proposed. He believes the partnership is ideal for the community. Normally, the owner of the land works his own parcel as a full-time time job, without formal training or inputs like fertilizer, other workers, etc. Our associates are able to work their land with otherwise inaccessible funding, so the scale of their agriculture is greatly expanded.
The residents of Embera Puru 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. Embera Puru 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 tropical timber and pastureland. Embera Puru was established as an outlier community to guard against further encroachment of the reserve from the Agua Fria boundary.
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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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