A loan of $400 helped to hire day laborers.

Alfonsa's story

Alfonsa is 52-years old and divorced. She has three great responsibilities, her children. Juan is 18-years old, Yuliza is 14-years old and Marco is 12-years old. She lives in a house made of wood. She makes her living growing organic cacao on one of the plots of land she inherited from her parents in recognition of the many years of work she gave to her family as a young girl.
She has been living independently for almost 34 years. Her purpose has always been to support her children.
Alfonsa is very grateful for her work, as she feels she a knack for it. Even so, removing the weeds is a complicated necessity, especially in the rainy season. She needs help maintaining her plants. Alfonsa's long-term plan is geared toward purchasing a motorcycle, which would solve her transportation woes. It becomes a problem at harvest time because her plots of land are located far from the city. Her final production costs are increased by having to pay for transportation from the farm to the city. This is Alfonsa's first loan. She feels very happy for the opportunity offered to her and expects to always be punctual in the repayment of her loan.
On this first occasion, she needs 1,000 nuevos soles ($400) to hire day laborers and carry out the weeding of her cacao plantings during this productive season.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marni Siegal

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