A loan of $600 helped to buy sacks of bird guano and to hire workers to weed her coffee fields.

Rosa's story

Rosa, 49, is a woman who is very committed to her work. She is married to Alberto, 49, and together they have managed to get their children an education. Today their children are grown and live independently, having taken up the reins of responsibility.

Rosa owns a house made of adobe which she acquired through the support of her husband.

For 10 years she has been farming alongside Alberto, producing organic cocoa and coffee in the valley. This has been a great means of support for her family ever since they started this activity.

They work just about all year on the various farming tasks, at times relying on the help of dayworkers. What Rosa likes about her work are the earnings that they are paid when they sell their products to the wholesalers in their area. One difficulty they have is transporting their products; they are hoping to acquire a small vehicle in the future.

In order to increase their income, they are thinking about expanding their cocoa plantings, since the parcels of land that they have are very fertile and they can produce very good quality cocoa pods.

One of their plans for the future is to open a business consisting of a small grocery store, so that they can generate another stream of income in addition to their farming business, since there is a lot of demand for this type of business in their neighborhood. They are seeking 1,500 Peruvian sole to buy sacks of guano (organic fertilizer), and to hire workers to weed their coffee fields. They hope that in this way they will obtain, as always, optimal quality products to sell to the wholesalers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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