A loan of $375 helped to buy cocoa plants.

Candelaria's story

Candelaria is 39 years old, married to Juan who is 59 years old and has 2 children from the marriage. Together they live in Otari where they have their own house. Candelaria with her winner's mentality assures us that her "father taught me to fight for what I wanted." At the moment she has 2 products that compete easily with other producers, namely the production and marketing of cocoa and as a consequence her sales increased gradually. In addition her product already has a great foothold in the community. She feels that she has achieved the first step; now she must stay in business. She usually sells her product at a good price at the collection centres in her community. In the future she wants to expand her cocoa plantations for the sole purpose of producing more for better returns. This will be her 1st loan with MFP and she agrees to make her repayments on time. Wth the 1,000 nuevos soles (PEN) she will buy cocoa plants to plant on her plot of farmland.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Maria Blyth

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