A loan of $600 helped to hire day laborers and to buy sacks of organic bird fertilizer.


Rober's story

At 26 Rober is an enterprising young man with long-term goals. His life partner Corina is 23, and he wants to start a home, though he does not have children now. Thanks to their hard work, they have completed the first floor of their house with good materials. As a child, his parents taught him how to farm and, in particular, to grow organic cacao. Later, he decided to farm on his own, and 11 years ago he acquired land that he now works with Corina and is the main source of their income.

To increase their earnings, they have focused on producing cacao: removing weeds and fermenting and drying it. Weed removal is the most important task, since it is critical to keep the weeds from absorbing the nutrients in the soil. Evaluating the soil to determine the best organic fertilizer to use is necessary, and island bird guano is one of the best suited to the regional soils. Since Rober has a large area to cultivate, he wants to hire day laborers, and he will also spread organic fertilizer to ensure a quality crop.

In order to meet his goals and provide a brighter future for his children, Rober needs working capital. With this motivation, he expects to get ahead and continue to work hard. The 1,500 nuevos soles he has requested will be used to removed weeds with the help of the day workers and to buy sacks of organic bird fertilizer to ensure a quality crop.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer


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