A loan of $1,000 helped to buy organic fertilizers, such as bird droppings, and to pay day laborer's wages.

Clotilde's story

Clotilde is a 33-year-old, single woman. She is very energetic and dedicated to her family. She is a self-sacrificing daughter, who devotes herself to her aging parents. They are very happy to have such an attentive and hardworking daughter.

Clotilde owns an adobe house that she inherited from her parents. She makes a living in agriculture, which has always taught her to work hard. She began producing cocoa when she was 15 years old, on some plots of land her parents gave her to work. Since then, she has made a living for herself off of this land. To accelerate the production process, Clotilde hires day labor to help with the weeding, fertilizing, and grafting seedlings.

She will be starting a new growing season when the rainy season arrives, so she will need enough capital to fertilize her cocoa trees and to replant some outdated plots of land. Daily maintenance of the plants considerably helps her to obtain the best quality product to sell at the best prices collectors in the region offer. Clotilde's long-term goals include opening a grocery store alongside her agricultural activity.

She is requesting a loan of 2,500 Peruvian soles in order to buy organic fertilizer: guano de la isla, as well as to pay the wages of the day workers who weed and fertilize her cocoa plants.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Craven

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