A loan of $800 helped to hire day laborers.

Constantina's story

Constantina is 45 years old. She has spent the greater part of her life by the side of her husband Emidigio. She has three children and together they live in a house constructed of adobe that she inherited from her parents. For 30 years she has dedicated herself to working in the fields, especially to the cultivation of cocoa, since this is the principal livelihood of her household. In all the years working in the country, she has had the faithful support of Emidigio with whom there have been hard moments during their time working with eagerness to support their family.

The good thing about her work is that she possesses very fertile land that greatly favors production, thus justifying the price of her product.
However, the base of the earth on part of one of her parcels has given way due to the rainy season, obliging her to remove the great part of it with the help of the day laborers.

To continue with her work, she wants to to contract manual laborers to plant the new nursery of cocoa plants and weed the other parcel where the ears of corn are already in an advanced stage of growth and it is important to care for them. All of the effort put into her work has the same final objective which is to save for the future for her youngest daughter, who is already finishing secondary school, and will need all the support of her mother to achieve her dream of being a great professional. This is her seventh loan. She feels very committed to making her repayments already since she is a trustworthy person.

With the 2000 new soles she will be able to hire day laborers to plant the cocoa and weed the agricultural fields.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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