A loan of $400 helped to buy organic fertilizer and hire day laborers.

Gloria's story

Gloria is 49 years old and resides in the community of San Agustín. She has three children and they are her main motivator in life. She is involved in the production of organic cacao (chocolate), an activity which has made her well-known in her community. She has gotten herself out of debt independently, and for the past 27 years, she has had the staunch support of her children in many of her activities. She also hires day laborers for work that requires more strength. She feels very encouraged by her work, since it suits her to get up early, make food, and go right out to her fields to begin her daily work. As she has mentioned, it is a routine that never bores her, in spite of the fact that the rainy seasons that are especially wet keep her from going out to her work easily, since her lands are steeply sloped, complicating her labors.

Her final product is the cacao bean, which needs to be well dried and cleaned of impurities to later vend to merchants in her area and be transported internationally.

To begin her next campaign, she needs to have working capital to hire day laborers and proceed with the first weed removal of the season, essential for a good quality product, and also for her to buy sacks of organic fertilizer that will strengthen the production capacity of her fields.

Her goals for the future include starting to build herself a house made of quality materials.

With these 1,000 Soles, she will be able to hire day laborers and buy sacks of fertilizer and bird feces to strengthen her production.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Mount

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