A loan of $1,075 helped to buy organic soil amendments.

Nemesio's story

Nemesio, 38, is married to Carmen and has three children. He lives with them in his adobe house.

Nemesio makes a living in agriculture. Since he was very young he helped his father in various jobs that benefit the family finances, growing the most profitable plants in his area, such as organic cacao, barbasco, and fruit trees. This is how he learned to use agriculture as a way to earn a good income.

When he turned 23 he got engaged, which was his reason for becoming financially independent with Carmen and his new family. This motivated his father to give him a small plot of cropland to continue with the job he had learned as a boy. With his first plot of land he managed to save and he bought a bigger one where he grows organic cacao.

He has the pleasure of always working alongside his wife. In addition to taking care of their small children, she's responsible for preparing lunch every day for the workers they hire so the maintenance work will be finished in less time.

Currently he's requesting 3,000 nuevos soles [PEN] to invest in buying organic soil amendments.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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