A loan of $1,200 helped to buy seedlings, bird guano and to hire expert day laborers.

Claudia's story

Claudia, 41, shares her life with Alejandro, 43. They are the parents of Ericka and Maydelin and have managed to move their home forward based on much effort and work. She has an adobe house they acquired 15 years ago. With the fruit of her and Alejandro’s efforts they managed to buy some parcels of farmland to start growing organic cocoa beans and turn this activity into their home’s main source of support. They used to work selling food from place to place but demand was limited so they decided to immediately change over to this line of work. As they started to get into agricultural work they noted that it was very profitable and in time were able to acquire an adjacent parcel to expand production. She considers her work to be very pleasant because she’s at Alejandro’s side all the time and this has helped them solidify their relationship in a positive way.

For the current growing cycle, they want to replace trees that have outlived their productive cycle and use their trunks as hosts for grafts. To do so, they must have seedlings and organic manure from the island. To streamline these activities, they want to hire two day laborers who are specialists in plant grafting to help them.

Their long-term objectives focus on building their house with substantial building materials for their family’s future and she intends to continue working with her characteristic enthusiasm to make this reality. She needs to have 3,000 new soles for the immediate purchase of seedlings, island guano and to hire day laborers who are specialists in this line of work grafting plants to start the growing cycle more strongly and well financed.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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