A loan of $1,575 helped to but a plot of farmland.

Zacarias's story

Zacarías is 33 years old. He is married to Maura and has small children. He lives with them in a house made from wood. He has a land parcel od considerable size where he carries out farming activities, growing organic cacao. He started independently 13 years ago, because his grandparents gave him some farmland as an inheritance because he was one of their favorite grandsons for demonstrating his demonstration to farm work. Over the years and after starting a family he showed that farming is a good way to make a living. HIs tasks include caring for is cacao plantings with the goal os producing quality pods. This is what the final price that the warehouses give him depends on. He has the constant support of Maura and their children for minor labor. Right now he is doing the first weeding campaign to avoid the weeds consuming all of the nutrients in his land. Because it is a considerable area, he usually brings in workers to make the tasks easier. His long term goals are to begin organic coffee production, since the price of the beans has been growing the last few seasons. This is his first Kiva loan and he is grateful for this great opportunity. He is committed to making his payments responsibly. He wants to have S/.4,000 nuevos soles to acquire an additional plot of land and thus expand his organic cacao production.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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