A loan of $400 helped to buy organic fertilizer.

Miryam's story

Miriam is 33 years old and married to Glicerio, who is 38 years old. Together they have 3 small children, with whom they live in a home built of adobe (a natural building material) which they acquired recently. Since she was a child, she has always participated in activities surrounding organic cacao production in her town.

When she reached the age of majority, she received, as an inheritance, some plots of land where she grows organic cacao. She has been doing this work for almost 13 years. She says that it is pleasing because if she provides proper maintenance to the cacao plantations, she gets good results, and sells her produce to collection centres in the nearest town. At times she contracts workers to speed up the various jobs that need to get done.

Now that it's the middle of the growing season, she wants to have working capital, in hopes of achieving good results. Her long term goal is to build her house with good materials, which she hopes will improve the quality of life of her family. With this loan she needs 1,000 nuevos soles to proceed with the purchase of organic fertilizer, which is essential for the good growth of cocoa pods.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Aesclinn Donohue

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