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Maria
María is 49 years old. She is married to Justiniano and has four children who live with her in her home. She has been cultivating the land for over twenty years with her husband's steady support thanks to a small plot of land she inherited from her parents and that served her to obtain her first earnings and acquire the five acres of land she currently has. She says she was very afraid when she first started because she didn't have enough money to buy supplies like organic fertilizer, let alone to hire workers, so she had to work very hard alongside her husband, even though she had to carry her first child in her arms.

The main focus of her work is tending to the coffee crops she has surrounding her land as best as possible, because unlike other profitable products in her area, coffee requires specific care in order to achieve good commercial quality at harvest. That is why she only fertilizes her land with organic products. She considers picking the coffee beans to be the most complicated part of the process, since she has to hire workers to later peel and air-dry the beans.

This is her first loan with Kiva and she hopes to have the trust she needs to invest in her land. This time she wants to have 3,000 nuevos soles to purchase organic fertilizer for her coffee crops.
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María tiene 49 años, esta casada con Justiniano y tiene 4 hijos que viven con ella en su casa propia. Hace mas 20 años se dedica a cultivar la tierra con el firme apoyo de su esposo gracias a un pequeño terreno que heredó de sus padres y que le sirvió para obtener sus primeros ingresos y adquirir las 2 hectáreas de terreno que posee actualmente. Comenta que al iniciarse tenia mucho temor ya que tampoco contaba con dinero suficiente para la compra de insumos tales como abono orgánico y menos para la contrata de trabajadores viéndose obligada junto a su esposo a trabajar muy duro a pesar de tener a sus primer hijo en brazos. Su labor principal consiste en brindarle le mejor de los cuidados posibles a sus plantaciones de café que tiene alrededor de sus terrenos ya que a diferencia de otros productos rentables de su zona requiere los respectivos cuidados para lograr una buena calidad comercial en la cosecha. Es por ello que fertiliza sus suelos solo con abono orgánico. Considera que la labor mas complicada es la cosecha de los granos cafeteros ya que es un trabajo que realiza contratando trabajadores para su posterior pelado y secado al aire libre. Este es su primer préstamo con Kiva y espera contar con la confianza necesaria para invertir en sus parcelas. En está oportunidad desea contar con 3,000 nuevos soles para la compra de abono orgánico para fertilizar sus cultivos de café.

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