A loan of $1,575 helped to buy cocoa bean plant seedlings and to pay labor costs.

Julia's story

Julia, 33, shares a strong marriage with Víctor, 35; they fulfill their role as parents of their four children with much dedication. She owns a wood house that she acquired shortly after she got married. Since she was a girl, her parents taught her various agricultural activities related to growing organic cocoa beans. Shortly after meeting Víctor they opted for acquiring some parcels of their own to support their young family back then.

They’ve been working as independent growers now for 17 years and she comments that she does quite well with respect to her crops. The rainy season, however, is inconvenient for them because their fields planted with cocoa beans are at a slight incline and their daily chores become a bit complicated.

To continue in a streamlined way with the cocoa bean growing process, they want to replace some of the plants that have outgrown their useful cycle and insert grafts hoping to get the best possible results from their parcels.

Her future plan is focused on finishing building her house with substantial materials for the comfort of her little ones as well as to open a grocery store to generate income additional to that produced by the agricultural activities. She needs to have 4,000 new soles now to buy sacks of island guano fertilizer and to buy cocoa bean seedlings and to pay labor costs for the laborers who will do the work of grafting onto the old trees.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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