A loan of $400 helped to hire labor and to buy organic fertililzer.

Edgar's story

Edgar, 33, is a very responsible and hardworking single man. He still hasn't gotten married because he plans to grow stronger and be a person with good economic resources on the basis of his work and effort. He owns an adobe house given to him by his parents.

He learned the various techniques for getting a good cacao crop from a very young age, thanks to always participating in the ancestral work of his parents in the fields. Generally, to finish the routine tasks on his land he hires day laborers who are comfortable with the work, being his former co-workers. Later, after the work of the season, he manages to get good berries that he sells to the distributors in his area. Nevertheless, he comments that his crops suffered a drop in payment in the final price, which was very detrimental to him.

He wants to have enough capital so he can start the growing season with everything he has to gain. For this he needs labor from area day laborers to weed and he needs to acquire organic fertilizer, such as bird guano, which is indispensable for the type of soil he has on his land.

He's motivated to open his own business in the city in the future to grow stronger as a merchant and to contribute considerably to the finances of his family, whose heads are still his parents.

This is his first loan. Ever since he joined the communal bank he has been grateful, as well as committed to the culture of performance of his colleagues in the communal bank.

He'll use the 1,000 nuevos soles [PEN] to buy organic bird guano and to hire day laborers for weeding and other tasks necessary for the type of terrain on his land.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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