A loan of $975 helped to buy organic fertilizer and to pay day laborers.

Moises's story

Moisés, 41, is single and independent. He works as a teacher and as a big producer of cacao in his area. His years of work have given him the possibility of being able to build, little by little, a house of good materials on a piece of land his parents gave to him when they saw how hardworking and honest he was.

He has always been a hard worker with an entrepreneurial spirit. He didn't want to be content with his work as a teacher because of the opportunity to be a grower when his parents transferred some land to him. This is how he has been a cacao grower for 17 years.

Nevertheless, one of the limitations he has is that his plot of land isn't as extensive as he would like. He hopes that in the future some neighbor might offer to sell him some land so he can realize his goal.

Currently it's harvest season and he needs to pay his suppliers in advance for sacks of natural fertilizer and hire day laborers to weed, thus managing to have a quality harvest next season.

He's grateful for the trust with his ninth loan. He also had the opportunity to lead his communal bank on more than one occasion, and he says he'd do it again with great pleasure.

He's going to use the 2,500 soles [PEN] to buy sacks of organic fertilizer and to pay the day laborers who are going to weed the crops.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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