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

Almodio's story

Almodio lives in Mach Pobor, which is 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. 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.

Almodio has dedicated 15 years towards agriculture. He cultivates plantains, avocados, taro, and coffee on the land that he inherited from his native ancestors. Farming has allowed him to provide for his family and send his children to school. He is known as a hardworking man and is one of the founding members of this indigenous community.

Today, Almodio is asking for a loan to invest in his farm, buy seeds, fertilizer, and expand his avocado, taro, and coffee plantation during the current pandemic. He has never taken out a loan before due to the historical financial exclusion his indigenous community has suffered. He is nervous but also very confident and excited to invest in his farm without the need of waiting one year for his crop production sales.

Thank you for being a part of this historic first loan to Almodio and providing financial inclusion to indigenous people during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This loan is special because:

It helps the people of a historically disadvantaged community access financial services.

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