As a child, he learned from his father everything he needed to know about coffee in order to work on the plantations, and when he married Fidela, they both worked together on their land as well as on other people's land so that they could get better income.
The coffee beans he produces are conventional, and he wants to convert all of his coffee production to organic, since it would not require the use of chemical fertilizers. He needs a loan in order to do this. The process will take several years, since it must be done in phases, and he will receive training from Unión Regional de Huatusco in order to do it.
His last harvest yielded eight tons, and he is hoping to reach ten tons next season, three of which will be organic coffee beans, since he previously sowed plants which had been treated for this purpose.
Jaime's greatest dream is being able to build his own coffee brokerage so that he can process all of his output himself, although he also has plans to improve his sugar mill.
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These loans help farmers transition from conventional to organic coffee production methods. Farmers cite high costs as the main barrier to converting to organic production. With Kiva loans, they have a great opportunity to use sustainable practices that help the environment and limit the effects of climate change in their regions. Given that the conversion process can be lengthy, please note that this loan may have a long repayment term with a built-in grace period.
Important InformationLa 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.
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