Total loan: $1,000


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Mach Pobor, , Panama / Agriculture

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A loan helped to plant plantains, avocado, achiote pepper and lemon in native indigenous territory during Covid-19 pandemic.

Tani's story

Tani is a young businesswoman who provides for her 4 children with her agriculture venture. Tani lives in Mach Pobor, located in the indigenous reservation of Embera-Wounaan in Darien, the second most biodiverse place in the world and inhabited by indigenous groups that have protected their territory for centuries and have been historically excluded from basic financial services. Mach Pobor has no electricity and basic services are limited. The access to this community is by the river on a "Piragua" (wood-made boat) as the road access is impossible most of the year. Tani and her husband, produce plantains, avocado, and coffee. Additionally, they buy vegetables and fruits from their neighbors, transport them in their own small boat, and a pick-up truck to then sell in the farmers' markets in Panama City. This also benefits the members of their native community. Tani's first loan ever was provided last year through the local community-owned bank (Supported by Global Brigades & the World Bank). It was for a smaller amount and was paid back punctually, showing her commitment and responsibility. She has included as collateral to back this loan the following items: A solar panel, a T.V., her boat and motor, and her total savings, totaling over $2,000 USD. Tani is very excited about this Kiva loan which she will use to cultivate plantains, avocado, and lemon, generating more income to provide for her family during the pandemic crisis. Thank you for supporting Tani!