A loan of $800 helped to maintain the soil for the growing of Cardamom plants, to buy fertilizer and to pay for labor costs.


Luis Carlos's story

Mr. Luis Carlos is a 54-year-old farmer who grows cardamom or "grain of paradise" which is the fruit of a plant with the same name. This plant, of which only the seeds are consumed, is native to India and Sri-Lanka. Thanks to a project of an organization in his municipality, Mr. Luis Carlos started growing Cardamom 5 years ago and currently has 2000 plants. Due to the winter weather, crops have suffered and harvesting has declined. This is the main reason Mr. Luis Carlos needs to do maintenance on his crops so that they can recover and he can continue with his work and generate enough income to cover his family's basic needs.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Cruz Lopez



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