A loan of $400 helped to buy gumbo-limbo plants and bird-guano fertilizer.

Virginia's story

Thirty-four-year-old Virginia is from Santa Rosa in the region of Ayacucho. She lives with her partner, 38-year-old Félix. She is the mother of three young children, Emerson, Erica, and Ruth.

She lives with her family in a house made of fine materials that she built with the help of her partner. She learned the business of growing organic cacao when she was very young and, with the passage of time, she has been able to make it the primary source of support for her household. For over 10 years she has been an independent grower on some plots of land she got with Félix in order to ensure reliable support for her household.

She likes her work very much, as she is used to spending many hours in the field doing the daily tasks alongside the laborers she hires so the work goes smoothly. Nevertheless, rainy days keep her from getting to her land, as access to it becomes very unstable because of mud.

She plans to improve her yield by replacing cacao trees that are out of phase and using their stalks to start making grafts. In order to do this, she needs capital to buy gumbo-limbo plants.

Her plans for the future are all directed toward buying a cargo vehicle, which she hopes will make transporting her produce to the place she sells to collectors easier. For this season, she needs 1,000 nuevos soles to buy gumbo-limbo plants and guano fertilizer in hopes of replacing her out-of-phase crops.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alyson Trowbridge

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