A loan of $375 helped to buy a plot of farmland.

Marcial's story

Marcial is 38 years old. He is married and lives in a brick house, the fruit of many years of labor. He has been a farmer for 16 years and he grows different products from the area, such as cacao and coffee and more, He learned the trade of farming thanks to his parents, because he grew up in the country with his siblings, who helped with the smaller tasks. When he turned 18, his parents transferred to him a small plot of farmland to start earning money for himself. Since then, he has bought surrounding plots. On his whole parcel he has more cacao plants because it is one of the products that is the most profitable in the area.To clear the weeds from his crops, he hires workers from the area to clear it uniformly in all the crops. He uses organic fertilizer to improve the quality of his products, hoping to earn back the money he invests in each campaign by selling the dried beans to the area buyers.

He wants to keep working with his typical motivation and in time buy another parcel to keep growing other products to improve his income. With the 1,000 nuevos soles, he will buy a small plat of land.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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