A loan of $800 helped to hire labourers and buy organic fertiliser.

Frine's story

At 33 years of age, Frine is proud to belong to a caring family with a strong sense of responsibility towards their work. Her partner, Marcelino, and her two young children, Frank and Katerin, are great motivation. Thanks to their work, together they have been able to build the first floor of their home.

She is very hardworking and so decided to work in farming, specifically growing organic cacao. For this activity she uses some plots of land that she inherited from her parents. They had decided to stop due to old age, but until that time it had sustained her family for many years.

She has been farming this land for 6 years, supported by Marcelino. All her time is spent looking after the cocoa trees. She likes working in the fields as it is very rewarding work with no problems or complications, dependant largely on the effort put in. The benefits of producing good quality cacao pods can be appreciated in the final price offered by the dealers.

It is now the cacao growing season and so the plots must be weeded for the second time. As this task is quite complicated and laborious, help, in the form of short-term labourers, will be needed.

Her plans for the future include the construction of the second floor of her home, which would be good for her kids. All that she earns from her work is used for her children.

With the 2,000 Nuevos Soles that she is requesting she will add to her existing capital to pay for the second weeding of the season with the help of local labourers. In addition to this, she will buy some bags of manure (guano).

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Suzanne Carey

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