A loan of $775 helped to buy organic fertilizer and to hire day laborers.

Gloria's story

Like a good and driven young mother, Gloria, 25, shares life with her partner Tito and little Benjamin, for whom they already managed to build a house of good materials, with effort and dedication, where they share a beautiful family life.

She and her partner work at what is also the most common and productive work in the region. For five years they have acquired quality, desirable cacao from the distributors. This way they get the most out of the plots of land they acquired with the help of her parents, looking to generate more working capital, with which they hope to get more land to grow other crops.

Among the jobs that take the most effort is planting cacao and grafted plants. She ends up exhausted, but satisfied for having done her job well. Tito, who also works alongside other day laborers, helps with the heavy work, such as moving the dry beans to the roads to be transported to the city for sale.

She says that to get a quality crop it's necessary to work from the beginning, right after the harvest period. In her experience in the fields, it's necessary to promptly get more seeds and grafted plants, as well as organic fertilizer.

When things turn out well, better than the profits is the reward of knowing that anything is possible with effort and dedication. She indicates that she's planning to continue working in the area because her dream is to personally export her products. She has had three loans up to now, for which she promises to work more carefully. She's happy about the way it's going with her communal bank, and she's hoping to continue with them and with MFP for a long time.

With the 2,000 soles [PEN] she'll buy more cacao seeds and organic fertilizer, and hire day laborers to start the planting and crop maintenance.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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