A loan of $1,575 helped to pay labor costs.

Albina's story

Albina, 66, lost her husband shortly after they were married; they had made many plans together and since then she’s managed to educate her children Daniel and Joel who now have good jobs. She lives in an adobe house and owns some parcels of land where the main crops are coffee and annatto. She used to have a grocery store but did poorly due to limited demand. She works as an agricultural producer having started when she was a girl and becoming independent at the age of 18 thanks to a material inheritance she got from her parents.

She feels good with her work because she’s able to support her family with profits earned. When the rainy season starts in the zone she wants to be able to hire day laborers for the coffee and annatto crops and to do so must have enough capital available. Another requirement needed for quality products is to purchase organic manure which can be gotten now at a modest price due to demand thus being able to provide integrated fertilization of her parcels.

One of the reasons behind her efforts once her children have grown is to build her house with bricks and cement so she can rent it out and earn a steady income for her old age. She wants to have 4,000 new soles to pay day laborers and to buy sacks of guano from the island to start growing coffee and annatto when the rainy season starts in the zone.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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