A loan of $1,075 helped to buy seeds and fertilizers.

Blanca Patricia's story

Puerto Quito is a city and urban parish in Pichincha Province, Ecuador. The city is in the process of growth resulting from ecotourism in the area. The main attraction is "La Cascada Azul" (The Blue Waterfall), which is located 140 kilometers from the capital of Quito.

Despite its geographical location in the Ecuadorian mountains, Puerto Quito experiences weather that is very similar to that along the coast. Since it is located in a tropical rain forest, the highest temperatures in the province reach approximately 25°C. The temperature and the atmospheric conditions provide a suitable environment for the cultivation of tropical products.

Patricia decided to grow cacao since it is a tradition that was passed on to her by her father. For the past four years, she and her husband have managed a plantation where they grow and harvest cacao. This 25-year-old entrepreneur strives each day to move her family forward. She lives with her two-year-old son and her husband Ángel, age 28, who helps each day with the work around their plantation. Patricia spends around six hours each day looking after her cacao plants. After her work day is finished, she focuses on taking care of her family. She enjoys spending time with them and sharing unforgettable moments. Her plantation is located almost 10 minutes from her house, so it is easy for her to get to work. The most difficult part of the production process is the fumigation of the plants. Not only is the cost of the supplies she uses expensive, but so are the costs of labor and providing transportation around the plantation.

Patricia hopes to increase the production on her property by purchasing more seeds and fertilizers in order to generate more income. She dreams of having a better quality of life and providing the best for her family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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