A loan of $725 helped to buy organic manure.

Sonia's story

Sonia, who is 35, is married to 42-year-old Marcelino and has 3 children. She lives with her family in the wooden house built by her husband. From a very young age, she lived in the country with her parents from whom she learned all about farming. For more than 15 years she has worked alongside her husband doing agricultural tasks such as producing cocoa and other products which are profitable in her region. For the day-to-day work she frequently draws on help from local workers whom she pays for complicated jobs such as removing weeds and fruit-picking at harvest time. She usually has enough money to be able to work in each production cycle without any problems in buying organic manure to fertilise her farmland and increase her production. This is her first loan with Kiva and she is grateful for the financial help she receives which will enable her to make progress. Furthermore, she guarantees that she will make her repayments punctually. On this occasion, she would like to have 2,000 nuevos soles to maintain her 2 hectare plot by buying organic manure to improve her crops.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Janice Crossfield

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