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Tomasa
Unlike the majority of coffee producers, Tomasa began working on her brother's land only a few years ago. When he went elsewhere to live, he left her in charge of the plantation. At first, it was very difficult for her because she is a single mother and did not know much about working with coffee. But over time she has learned plenty and, through her savings, has bought her own land.

Currently, Tomasa is producing annually some 15 tons which she sells through the "Unión Regional de Huatusco" for export. Some time ago Tomasa had health problems, and now she cannot work full time on the plantation, so she hires some of her relatives to help them economically. She wants to increase production to 20 tons and knows that in order to do this she will have to prepare the land, sow new plants and use fertilizer, and thus needs the loan. This process will take approximately three years. One of Tomasa's main concerns is her mother, who is in poor health; so if the coffee business goes well she can provide the necessary care for her.
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A diferencia de la mayoría de los productores de café, Tomasa comenzó a trabajar en las fincas de su hermano hace solo algunos años, pues él se fue a vivir a otro lugar y la dejó encargada a ella de los terrenos. Al principio fue muy difícil para ella pues es madre soltera y no tenía mucho conocimiento de cómo trabajar el café, sin embargo con el paso de los años ha aprendido mucho y en base a sus ahorros ha logrado adquirir su propio terreno. Tomasa actualmente está logrando una producción anual de 15 toneladas las cuales entrega a la “Unión Regional de Huatusco” que se encarga de exportarlas. Tomasa tuvo hace algún tiempo problemas de salud y por el momento no puede trabajar de lleno en sus fincas y para esto contrata a algunos miembros de una familia, ayudando así la economía de esta. Ella quiere aumentar su producción a 20 toneladas y sabe que para que esto sea posible es necesario realizar limpieza, sembrar nuevas plantas y utilizar fertilizantes y por eso ella quiere un crédito. Este proceso le tomará aproximadamente 3 años. Una de las principales preocupaciones de Tomasa es la salud de su madre ya que se encuentra delicada y sabe que si le va bien en el negocio del café podrá darle a ella los cuidados que necesita.

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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
  • 6
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  • $17,294,525
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 13.0
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $950 helped Tomasa to prepare her farmland, buy fertilizer and sow coffee.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Disbursed:
Jun 1, 2012
Listed
May 11, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Jun 1, 2013