Total loan: $800


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Mach Pobor, , Panama / Agriculture

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A loan helped to plant plantains, coffee, and avocados, providing food security in indigenous territories during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Katia's story

Katia is from Mach Pobor, located in the indigenous reservation of Embera-Wounaan in Darien, Panama. It is the second most bio-diverse place in the world. It is also inhabited by indigenous groups that have protected their territory for centuries, but 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 road access is impossible most of the year.

It is here that Katia works in the fields producing coffee, plantains and avocados. Although she is only a young woman, she is the owner of her own farm.

The farm was an inheritance given to her by her father, who wanted her to have the opportunity to produce her own income and livelihood. Through hard work and effort, Katia has gained the respect of the men in her community. She is disproving the stereotype that working in the fields is a job for men only.

Katia has two children in grade school. They serve as her daily inspiration to work as hard as she does. She is requesting this loan for improvements to her farm, and the purchase of seeds and fertilizer.

Thank you for supporting women economic empowerment in historically disadvantaged communities!