A loan of $1,200 helped to his expand cultivation of citrus fruits.


Hilarion's story

Hilarion is 26 years old and has a common-law wife and a son who is two. For the past five years he has been working with his father in both bricklaying and agriculture. While Hilarion primarily spends his time working as a bricklayer, he dedicates his weekends to cultivating yucca, citrus fruits and other crops.


Hilarion has requested a loan from CIDRE (Centro de Investigation y Desarrollo Regional, or Regional Center for Research and Development) that will be used to expand his cultivation of citrus fruits on his farm. Recently, he bought a plot of land in an urban area where he is constructing a home. Hilarion hopes this loan will help him to increase his earnings so he will be able to finish construction on his home and so raise his family's quality of life.


This loan is located in the Chapare region of Bolivia’s Cochabamba Department. Chapare is Bolivia's largest producer of coca used for illegal cocaine production. Part of CIDRE's mission in Chapare is to give low-interest loans to both incentivize and encourage these farmers to cultivate alternative crops rather than coca. Alternative-to-coca programs like CIDRE's help ensure that these farmers will be incorporated into a legally regulated and consequently more sustainable sector of the economy.



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