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A loan of $400 helped to buy organic fertilizer.

Alejandra's story

Alejandra is 35 and married to Demetrio. They live together with their four children in a home made of adobe. For 14 years, Alejandra has worked in agriculture with her husband's support, on a plot of land which measures 4 hectares. Her parents taught her to cultivate profitable local products, such as organic cocoa and coffee, when she was a child. When she turned 20, her parents gave her a small plot of land so that she could work independently.
With the passing of time, she used her income to progressively expand her agricultural land in order to increase her income. However, once she had a lot of land she realized that she needed to hire labourers. They now help her with her work so that her product can be of good quality for sale in the markets. This will allow her to recuperate the money she invests in the crops.
In order to improve the quality of her products, she uses organic fertilizer because she thinks that chemical fertilizers are detrimental to the quality of the land. She wants to continue with her work in order to save money and start to build her home out of a better material. This is her third loan on Kiva and she is grateful for the confidence that is placed in her. This money allows her to cover various necessities in her work. With the requested 1000 soles, she will buy organic fertilizer for her crops.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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