In the beginning his wife helped him with the field work. However, after their first child was born she devoted herself full time to the household chores. Rufino now hires people to work on the farm. He personally supervises all of the work.
He produces an average of eight tons a year. He is requesting a loan for the next harvest to buy coffee plants and fertilizer for his plot of land. In three years he hopes that his farm is producing at 100% of its capacity as there are some areas that need to be sowed again.
In addition to his coffee production, Rufino is employed by his town. He also has a flower nursery, a business that is mainly handled by his wife.
Among Rufino’s personal goals is to make improvements to his house so that his family can live more comfortably.
More information about this loan
These loans are designed to help farmers expand their existing crop yields and increase their incomes. The loans are designed to fit the agricultural cycle, allowing farmers to make purchases during the planting season and repay following the harvest. Coffee production loans help farmers maintain and grow their fields by cleaning, pruning, fertilizing, and conserving the grounds, delivering water, and replanting trees needed to shade the coffee plants.
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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