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Dominga’s mother was a coffee grower, and it was with her that she started to get a taste for growing this crop. At the start she only helped her mother with the cutting tasks during the harvest, but over the years she started to learn more, and finally became a coffee grower.

When she was 20 Dominga married Paulino, who also works in this business, and together they have a daughter. Between the three of them they look after the coffee plantations. The harvest time is when they have the most work, and hire up to 15 people who help with cutting tasks and everything else that is needed for a good harvest. All of the coffee that they grow is organic.

Dominga has requested a loan as she needs to carry out a number of activities on her plantation, such as cleaning, buying plants, and sowing coffee seeds. In addition to the coffee business, she also sells food so that she can have additional income for her family. At the end of the harvest Dominga and her husband plan to buy a van, which they will use to drive about and also to transport their coffee when required. Dominga is pictured in the patio of her house along with her granddaughter, who she sometimes looks after while her daughter is working.
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La madre de Dominga era productora de café y fue con ella con quien comenzó a desarrollar su gusto por este cultivo. Al principio solo ayudaba a su madre en las labores de corte durante la cosecha pero con el paso de los años fue aprendiendo más cosas y pudo finalmente convertirse en productora de café. Cuando tenía veinte años Dominga se casó con Paulino quien también se dedica a esta actividad y tienen una hija. Entre los tres se encargan de sus fincas de café y durante la temporada de cosecha que es cuando tienen más trabajo llegan a contratar hasta quince personas para que los ayuden a cortar y realizar todo lo necesario para tener una mejor producción, la cual es en su totalidad de café orgánico. Dominga solicita un crédito ya que necesita realizar varias actividades en sus fincas como son labores de limpieza, comprar planta y sembrarla. Además de dedicarse al café Dominga también vende comida para así tener un ingreso extra para su familia. Al finalizar la cosecha Dominga y su esposo tienen planeado comprar una camioneta para poder salir a pasear y la cual también les servirá para transportar su café cuando sea necesario. En la fotografía Dominga está en el patio de su casa junto a su nieta a quien a veces le cuida cuando su hija está trabajando.

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More information about this loan

These loans help farmers swap out their old coffee plants that are no longer producing at capacity for new plants. New plants generally take three years to produce at capacity, temporarily reducing crop yield. Given that the renewal process can be lengthy, please note that this loan may have a long repayment term with a built-in grace period.


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

  • $15,600
    Average annual income
  • 48
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $19,989,325
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 13.2
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $925 helped Dominga to buy and sow coffee plants.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
9 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Sep 29, 2012
Sep 11, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 1, 2013