A loan of $900 helped to buy 2,000 cacao plants.


Marco's story

Marco, age 40, lives in the city of Borbón in the Esmeraldas province. He lives with his wife, and he has a 14 year old son, who attends school. Marco has been farming ever since he was very young. He says that thanks to the loan that was granted by FODEMI, he was able to buy and plant 2,000 cacao plants on his land, which is very fertile. He hopes that in the harvest he will be able to sell 20 ‘quintales’ [a quintal is approximately 100 pounds] of cacao every two weeks. This whole process occupies four workers daily. His goal is to increase his crops, to give work to more people, and to increase his income in order to continue supporting his son’s education so that he will become a good professional.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish



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