A loan of $400 helped to hire day laborers and to buy sacks of island guano.

Monica's story

Mónica, 27, shares a married life with Edgar, 35, and adding to their family unit are two small children: Angie and Esmeralda who are 10 and 5 years of age respectively. She lives in an adobe-based house that she acquired with her husband thanks to much work. She initially worked doing household chores but she opted for joining her spouse in agricultural work related to growing cocoa beans and organic coffee. She’s been working for almost 10 years as such and in all this time has acquired much experience related to crop care and maintenance. She considers her work to be very dedicated because in order to obtain quality harvest she must be diligent about providing the respective care in a strict way constantly getting help from local day workers for the more heavy tasks.

Being in the middle of the productive cycle, she finds herself needing to plant plants that will provide temporary shade for the recently grafted plants so that they will have optimum growth and she must also buy supplies like manure and others to guarantee the quality local cooperatives require.

Her future plans are aimed at building her house with substantial materials for better family well-being hoping to do so as soon as possible by means of her work. She needs 1,000 new soles to hire day laborers to plant plants to provide shade permanently and to buy sacks of island guano to guarantee a quality harvest.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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