A loan of $400 helped to purchase plants and to pay her laborers.

Irene's story

Irene, who is 45-years old, is a woman of great working capacity. She is single and has the satisfaction of having raised children who are doing well. Irene has a wooden dwelling, which she was able to build with the fruits of her labor. Like all responsible mothers, she chose to cultivate the plots of land she inherited from her parents. And that's how she got into cacao and organic coffee production.
Irene has been carrying out her duties independently for fifteen years. She has had very good earnings, which have helped her to support her family. Nevertheless, the rainy season impedes continual work on her plots of land. Irene hopes to makes some improvements on her plots of land, like replacing the out-dated cacao trees. Her long-term plans are to make improvements to her dwelling using high-quality materials, which would improve her quality of life, and also to have a small grocery store. At this time, Irene needs 1,000 nuevos soles ($400 USD) to purchase copper-wood plants and to hire day laborers to replace her out-dated plantings.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marni Siegal

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