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Marcelino has been a farmer practically all of his life. He used to help his father in the fields when he was a boy and he has lots of experience with all types of crops. He’s married to Irma and they have seven children who help him do his work on his land during their vacations, as they still attend school.

Marcelino says that his previous harvest was not very good, because the climate was not ideal for coffee, however this year it will be much better. He is asking for this loan so that he can hire field hands who will help him with the next coffee harvest.

Aside from raising coffee, he also raises sugar cane, lemon, and honey. This helps him increase his family income. He would like to enlarge his home in the future because he has a large family and it would allow them to live more comfortably.
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Marcelino ha sido agricultor prácticamente toda su vida, desde pequeño ayudaba a su padre a trabajar en el campo y tiene mucha experiencia en distintos tipos de cultivos. Él está casado con Irma y tienen 7 hijos quienes lo ayudan a trabajar en sus parcelas en la temporada de vacaciones pues aún están estudiando. Marcelino nos cuenta que durante la cosecha pasada no tuvo una muy buena producción debido a que las condiciones climatológicas no fueron las ideales para el café, sin embargo este año sabe que será mucho mejor. Para la siguiente cosecha Marcelino solicita un crédito para poder pagar a los jornaleros que lo ayudaran en las tareas de corte de café. Además de producir café Marcelino también se dedica a la producción de caña, limón y miel, actividades que le ayudan a tener un mejor ingreso para la economía familiar. A Marcelino le gustaría en un futuro poder ampliar su casa pues su familia es numerosa y de esta manera podrán vivir mas cómodamente.

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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 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
  • 60
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $20,015,475
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 12.8
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $475 helped Marcelino to hire field hands.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Nov 5, 2012
Oct 8, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 1, 2013