A loan of $600 helped to buy sacks of island guano and to hire laborers to do the weeding and crop maintenance.

Sonia's story

At the age of 29, Sonia is happy to have a unified family with Prudencio, 32, and her little girl, Erika, 9. She lives in a house her parents ceded to her that’s made of adobe bricks. Since she was a girl she was always by her parents’ side and they taught her to do agriculture chores; in time she inherited the parcels of land she’d grown up on alongside her parents. She’s been working independently for nine years now alongside Prudencio and she’s become quite a successful grower with vast experience in this line of work.

Among the crops that are her highest priority are organic cocoa beans because her parcels are of very fertile soil and they have the best conditions for a quality harvest. Due to the fact that they are a bit distant from the city she incurs additional costs related to transporting laborers that help her with the heavier tasks like weeding the cocoa bean plants. When the rainy season starts she wants to apply organic manure to her plants so that growth will be better. She intends to build her house out of more substantial materials within the next three years. She needs 1,500 new soles to buy island guano and to hire day laborers to do the weeding and crop maintenance.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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