A loan of $400 helped to buy organic manure.

Ana's story

Ana, 34, is married to Josué, 35. They have the joy together of having two great reasons for living: their children Evelides, 17, and Madeleyni, 13. She lives in a rented adobe house. She’s worked as a cocoa bean and organic coffee grower for fifteen years on fields she acquired shortly after marrying Josué. This has been a good support for her family.

She heads to her fields every day very early where she spends each day providing care for her crops. Among the chores are fertilizing, weeding and pinching off flower buds on the cocoa bean trees in order to maximize the quality of the beans sold to local crop consolidators. She comments that some seasons the price of cocoa beans drops suddenly which negatively affects her income considerably since net profits don’t cover amounts invested.

With the constant rains this season of the years, she wants to fertilize her crops with island guano because it’s being a natural component greatly increases the crop’s quality. Her long-term plan points towards the purchase of a vehicle to transport her merchandise to the city.

This is her first MFP loan and she’s very grateful for the opportunity provided because she considers the loan to be a great work tool for more fluid labor. She would like to have 1,000 new soles to buy sacks of organic manure to optimize the quality of her cocoa bean plants.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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