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Juanita with her Cocoa Bean | by USAID's Development Credit Authority
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Juanita with her Cocoa Bean

A broad set of USAID and Government of Peru programs are helping small farmers transition from growing illicit crops, like coca, to alternatives such as cocoa for chocolate or coffee beans. This has raised the incomes and improved living standards of communities that once lived in the shadow of violence and narco-trafficking.


To expand ongoing efforts and improve economic conditions in Peru, USAID used Development Credit Authority loan guarantees to get local capital into the hands of creditworthy but underserved farmers. Meet the people who made this possible.


(Photo Credits: Bobby Neptune/USAID)

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Taken on December 3, 2013