A loan of $750 helped to purchase cacao plants.

Bertha's story

Bertha, age 45, is a native of Santa Rosa and a hardworking woman. She lives in her own home with her husband Alfredo and their two beloved children, Nancy (age 10) and Alfredo (age 7), from whom she provides all of her support. Ever since she was a young girl, Bertha was encouraged to work in the fields along with her siblings. Her parents taught her everything she needed to know to produce a good crop. Now she has her own land that she looks after with great love and patience. Bertha knows that the quality of her output depends on the amount of care that she provides. She plants cacao and coffee and then sells her harvest to different collection centers in the cities of Santa Rosa and San Francisco. What she enjoys most about her work is harvesting her crops because she feels all of her hard work has come to fruition. Bertha has been farming for 23 years and considers the most difficult part to be protecting her crops from swarms of insects that could impact her harvest. Her greatest wish is to buy additional land so that she can increase her production.

This will be her fifth loan with MFP. Bertha was very prompt in repaying the money and hopes that the assistance from Kiva lenders will help her continue making progress. In her Communal Bank, she is very supportive of the other members. The money she requested will be used to buy cacao plants to fill her plot of land.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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