A loan of $600 helped to hire workers and buy sacks or organic fertilizer.

Adela's story

Adela, 26, is married to Alfredo, with whom she has brought into the world the greatest treasures of her life: Jonathan, 3, and little Yeny, six months. The couple's life experiences are housed in a wooden home built on land given to them by her parents. Like every other driven woman, she saw in cocoa her best way to help her family get ahead, which she has been doing for ten years. She and Alfredo work from sun to sun to meet their goals and they know that it is only possible through effort and hard work. Up until now, production has been profitable because of demand. She also grows coffee, annatto, and guava, among others, on her plantation.

Usually during this time of the year much attention must be paid to the cocoa trees, because it is important for the final quality aspect of the crop. She also wants to expand production on on a small patch of land she bought recently from a neighbor, in order to increase her income.

Among the permanent requirements is the purchase of cocoa plants for transplanting, natural fertilizers and hiring workers who are happy to provide service. This is her third loan through MFP and she is committed to paying it back on time. She is very participative and punctual at the group meetings.

The 1,500 PEN will be used to hrie workers to cocoa and also buy sacks of organic fertilizer.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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