A loan of $200 helped to buy organic fertilizer and to hire day workers.

Melisa's story

In spite of 19 year old Melisa’s age, her firm commitment to work and her life partner, Edgar, with whom she has little four year old Elizabeth, has greatly helped her. She says that everything she has accomplished is for her daughter.

This young household is located in a house made of wood. Upon starting a life with Edgar, she joined the work that he has been doing in the field for ten years. Her main business activity is producing cacao and coffee. This way, together, they have strengthened a team that is moving towards progress.

The work has always caught her attention for being a collective job with good income due to the demand. Nevertheless, they were affected by the prices that were set at the collection sites.

Alongside this work, she is planning on starting to grow timber trees. This is because she feels that, in the future, it would be a good way to continue getting the maximum advantage of the land in a responsible way.

After the harvest season she needs to do the appropriate weeding. The weeds develop at a dizzying pace around her cacao trees. She needs to hire day workers to clear the fields, and she needs to buy the indispensable organic fertilizer for a quality production.

This is her first loan with MFP. She is grateful for the trust shown in her, and she pledges to make her payments responsibly. This is because she plans to continue and to get a larger loan.

She is grateful to her colleagues in her communal bank for the warm welcome she received.

She will add the 500 to her capital in order to get organic fertilizers and to hire the day workers to weed her fields.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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