He is married to Alma, with whom he has two small children. Beyond coffee production, Juan also has a taxi and that is where he works the majority of the time. During the harvest time he hires trimmers to help him with the work on his farm.
For the next harvest Juan wants to plant on some recently acquired land and for that he needs a loan which he will pay back at the end of the harvest.
When he finishes the harvest, Juan would like to make some improvements to his house with the income that he obtains so that he can provide more comforts to his wife and two young children.
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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 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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