A loan of $525 helped buy fertilizer.

Santos's story

Santos is 44 years old. He is single and lives alone in his own house. His business is growing cacao (the plant used to make chocolate). He has 2 hectares planted in this product as well as bananas and other fruits.

Growing cacao takes 2 years, but because his land is large, a year ago he rented it for raising cattle. He takes care of the animals himself and is paid for this. Santos enjoys his work; it keeps him busy and helps him forget some of his difficult circumstances. The cacao business gives him what he needs to live happily. In the future, he plans to plant yucca and corn also.

Santos already has taken out 2 loans with MFP. What he likes about his communal bank is that the members help each other, there are no problems, and they make their payments on time. With this loan, he will buy fertilizer for his cacao plantation and hire 2 people to help with the harvest.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer jeff hersk

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