A loan of $775 helped to hire laborers, to buy cacao plant grafts and to buy organic manure.

Rosaura's story

Rosaura, 41, is an enterprising woman married to Juan, 46. They have five children two of which are adults and live independent, responsible lives thanks to the good way they were raised. She lives in a house built with substantial materials that she managed to build little by little with support from her entire family.

Ten years ago she discovered that cocoa beans were a good source of family income which is why she continues growing them with the firm support of her husband who sometimes gathers his children together to help with the lesser chores. The process she likes best is harvesting because that’s very entertaining as opposed to weeding which she considers to be tedious men’s work.

Her priority is to acquire plants to graft in order to replace spent plants and not have obsolete land during the next growing season as well as to acquire organic manure that will guarantee the quality crop consolidators seek and pay good prices for.

Among her plans is to buy additional land to expand production because the zone she works in is very fertile and good harvests are a sure thing. Having attained her 6th MFP loan allows her to continue producing fluidly. She thanks her communal bank fellow members for the way they behave with respect to installment payments. She will use the 2,000 soles to pay laborers and to buy plants to graft which are currently well-priced due to the season as well as to buy sacks of organic manure.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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