A loan of $300 helped farming coffee, cassava and palm trees.

Lucas's story

Pa Lucas T. is 68 years old, and has been a farmer all his life. He is married, and the father of seven children. Pa Lucas joined GHAPE in 2002 so he could expand and diversify his farming activities, and overcome the problems he has faced all his life: poverty, sickness and death. With his first four loans, Pa Lucas has moved beyond his main crop, coffee, by adding pigs, goats, additional farmland, and palm trees, which will soon start to produce palm nuts.

Now, Pa Lucas requests a loan that he will divide equally between three small farms where he grows coffee, palm nuts, and cassava. Asked why he thinks his business will succeed, he gives the best answer first: “It is a business that I like.” He has also been trained in good farming methods and has a lifetime of experience. With the profits from his business, Pa Lucas hopes to provide a better future for his children, who are mostly grown. “I will send my children for higher education, and I will buy them plots of land so they can begin their own farms.”

Pa plans to repay his loan in 18 months, with the first installment due the fourth month after disbursement, a GHAPE procedure to accommodate the agricultural season.

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