A loan of $775 helped to hire laborers.

Lia's story

Lía is 49 years old and has three children with her husband Mario. They live together in their adobe house. Lía works hard as a farmer of organic cacao and coffee. From the time she was very young, she has found this to be a good means of supporting herself. Now she also has the support of her husband.

Initially she did not have her own land, which would have enabled her to make profits from her cacao and coffee crops. However, with the passing of the years she was able to accumulate the necessary capital to get her own plot to grow these crops.

She reports that her work is tiring and challenging, since it is very much necessary to perform constant maintenance on her crops, such as placing sunshades and applying organic fertilizer so that she can obtain a good harvest. All of this is arduous, and the best way to complete this work is with the support of hired laborers who work continually.

With the passage of time and the confidence gained from her years of experience, she hopes to keep working with her characteristic dedication. In the future, she also wishes to acquire more parcels of land that can be dedicated to the production of barbasco plants so that she can ensure that her children get an education.

This is her first loan through Kiva, and she is very thankful for the opportunity since it is necessary to have continual financial support for the work of the laborers. She is seeking 2,000 nuevos soles to hire laborers for the next growing season. She will also use the funds to pay for transportation and bags in the hopes of increasing her earnings.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kevin Bohnert

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