A loan of $775 helped to buy barbasco roots.

Luciano's story

Luciano, 35, is a man with ample work capabilities. He’s married to Lidia, 32, and they have three children together: Liz, Frids and Lili for whom they focus all their work efforts. Initially he worked in agriculture growing organic cocoa beans and then saw the possibility of becoming a barbasco root supplier. He’s been in this line of work for 10 years and in this time he’s succeeded in stabilizing his family’s economy.

He comments that one must be careful working with barbasco because they are roots that are used to make natural insecticide and repellent. He enjoys his work very much because he’s able to transport the barbasco to producers from his parcels to the gathering center.

In order to have capital in reserve to buy barbasco, he needs 2,000 new soles to buy barbasco. His long-term plans point toward adding a second story to his house for his children’s future benefit.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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