A loan of $1,100 helped to buy cocoa plants.

Martina's story

Martina is 34 years old, is married, and has two children. At the moment, she lives in an adobe house, which she bought some years ago with the fruits of her hard work. She has made a living in agriculture for over 19 years, on a 19 hectare plot of land on which she grows some of the profitable products such as cocoa, coffee, peanuts, and other items. She is supported by her husband, who works every day on their agricultural land. She has more cocoa plantations because it is a product which only needs to be kept weed-free and its pods fed with organic compost to get a good result. Once she has harvested the cocoa beans, she dries them and sells them to local buyers, who pay good prices for her produce.

One of her main aims is to improve her home by building it with bricks and cement, in order to improve her family's quality of life. This is her first loan, and it makes her feel very grateful for the opportunity given to her. She also promises to be a very punctual member in repaying the money. With the 3,000 soles she will buy cocoa plants to replace the old cocoa trees, because they no longer bear fruit.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Chloe Pilpel

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