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Gladis Ondina
Gladis is 37 years old, and she is a farmer and housekeeper. She is the mother of four children, three of whom live with her and are in school. The oldest no longer lives at home. She completed primary education. Her partner is her only support for the different farming activities. He works in a "maquila" [a manufacturing operations free-trade zone] as a sewing operator.

At a very young age, Gladis started to learn all of the different farming activities related to caring for and growing coffee. Her parents began to teach her to farm when she was young because it is a family tradition. The land where she works along with her children and partner is their own, thanks to an inheritance from her parents. They bought the other part of land, and it is located an hour's walk way. They invest time in cutting and collecting beans as a family.

Gladis's dreams are to become one of the best coffee producers of her region, to be able to export her product to other countries, and to generate employment and income for her family and her household. As a mother, she wants to give her children an excellent education up to a high level, with which they will be able to deal with problems well and be someone in their lives. For this reason, she asked for a loan from the COMIXMUL co-operative, in order to buy agricultural inputs. These will help her to grow her coffee crops and nurseries, and to develop quality seeds for the final purchasers.
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Doña Gladis tiene 37 años de edad es agricultora y ama de casa, madre de 4 hijos de los cuales tres viven con ella y están estudiando ya que el mayor esta fuera del hogar. Ella tiene un grado de educación primaria completo y su apoyo es su único apoyo para las diferentes actividades del campo es su compañero de hogar el cual trabaja en una maquila de la zona desempeñándose como operario de costura. Desde muy pequeña aprendió las diferentes actividades en el campo para el cuido y trato del café ya que sus padres le enseñaron desde muy pequeña siendo en su familia una tradición. La tierra que ella trabaja en compañía de sus hijos y su pareja es propia gracias a una herencia de sus padres y la otra parte es comprada la cual está ubicada a una hora de camino en la cual se involucran en tiempo de corte y recolección del grano todos como familia.

Sus sueños son los de poder convertirse en una de las mejores productoras de café de la zona, poder exportar su producto a otros países y generar empleo e ingresos para su familia y hogar. Como madre darles a sus hijos una excelente educación a nivel superior con la cual puedan enfrentar los problemas de manera favorable y puedan ser alguien en la vida. Por esa razón ella ha solicitado un financiamiento a la cooperativa COMIXMUL con el cual comprara insumos agrícolas que ayudaran a que sus cultivos de café y viveros crezcan y cultiven una semilla de calidad para los compradores finales.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

These loans are designed for female farmers who produce a variety of products (onion, garlic, eggplant, spinach, mango, strawberries, etc.). Loan terms will vary depending on need, and borrowers can choose to make a "bullet" payment timed with harvest profits. Agricultural loans are considered risky in Honduras due to external forces like unpredictable weather and worldwide crop prices. As a result, many traditional financial institutions are unwilling to offer these loans. With Kiva funding, COMIXMUL will be able to reach more borrowers with agricultural loans tailored to their needs.

About Honduras

  • $4,800
    Average annual income
  • 87
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    Honduras Loans Fundraising
  • $8,845,600
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 20.4
    Honduras Lempiras (HNL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $625 helped Gladis Ondina to buy inputs to grow her coffee crops.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Sep 3, 2013
Sep 11, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 17, 2014