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Domingo
Domingo, 32, learned to grow coffee while still a little boy when his father taught him and his brothers. When he started working for himself on land that his father passed down to him his production wasn’t very good because his property was in bad condition but thanks to his efforts he’s currently getting good yields.

He’s married and has four small children who he is instilling the love for working with coffee into because, like his own father, he will also pass down land for them to work when they get older. A young niece also lives with him and his family; she’s the daughter of his sister who unfortunately died of cancer some years ago and he’s taken her into his care. When it’s low coffee season he works as a day laborer for other people to help a little with family income.

During the last harvest, Domingo produced 4 tons and he needs a loan to buy new coffee plants to double his production. He is excited about getting training from “Unión Regional de Huatusco” [coffee cooperative] which is the association he’s a member of and that he delivers his coffee to for subsequent export.

Among his future plans is to provide university educations for his children and his niece because for lack of resources he himself was unable to do so because in the community where he lives it’s only possible to attend up to secondary school and to study beyond that it’s necessary to go away.
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Domingo tiene 32 años y desde niño su padre le enseñó a cultivar el café a él y sus hermanos. Cuando el comenzó a trabajar por cuenta propia en las tierras que su padre le heredó no tenía una producción muy buena ya que la finca estaba en muy mal estado pero gracias a su esfuerzo actualmente está logrando una muy buena producción. Él está casado y tiene cuatro hijos pequeños a los cuales les está inculcando el amor al trabajo del café, pues al igual que su padre, él también les heredará cuando sean mayores tierras para que las trabajen. También vive con él y su familia una sobrina pequeña que es hija de su hermana que desafortunadamente falleció de cáncer hace algunos años y de la cual se esta haciendo cargo. Cuando es temporada baja en el café él trabaja como jornalero con otras personas para ayudarse en el ingreso familiar. Durante la última cosecha Domingo produjo un total de 4 toneladas y él necesita un crédito para comprar planta nueva de café y así aumentar esta producción al doble. Él está entusiasmado en recibir capacitación por parte de la “Unión Regional de Huatusco” que es la asociación de la cual es parte y con ella entrega su café para que posteriormente sea exportado. Entre sus planes a futuro están en darles a sus hijos y a su sobrina la oportunidad de estudiar una carrera universitaria, ya que por falta de recursos cuando él era más joven no tuvo esa posibilidad pues en la localidad en la que vive solo es posible estudiar hasta el nivel de secundaria y es necesario ir a estudiar fuera.

Additional Information

Important Information

La Union Regional de Pequeños Productores de Cafe Huatusco (or, La Union Regional) is a member-owned, Fair Trade-certified coffee cooperative based in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. Kiva helps fund loans for La Union Regional’s members, allowing them to plant more crops and convert to more profitable organic farming methods. La Union Regional is backed by Fair Trade USA and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, which retails members’ coffee.

This Kiva loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit.

Because La Union Regional’s core business is not microfinance, there is some level of additional risk for lenders. Kiva’s partnership with La Union Regional is unique and unprecedented. For this reason, Kiva has not assigned the organization a risk rating. More information can be found on La Union Regional’s partner page.

About Mexico

  • $11,249
    Average annual income
  • 3
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $17,325,200
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 13.2
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $925 helped Domingo to buy coffee plants.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Disbursed:
May 25, 2012
Listed
Apr 27, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
May 18, 2013