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Antonio is a farmer who has been in the business of growing coffee for 25 years. He lives with his wife and son. Antonio is in the process of converting from conventional to organic coffee farming. To reinforce this process, he needs to buy a grinder, a scythe, and stationary equipment, tools that will help him to improve work on his farm, and increase both his production and the quality of his coffee. This investment will cost him 4,000,000 pesos.

His long-term goal is to become a complete, fully organic farm, with both major and minor species to make organic fertilizers and improve the nutrition of his family. He also dreams of being certified as an organic grower by the FCC (Federación Campesina del Cauca, or Cauca Farmer's Association). He is convinced that clean and healthy farming is worth the trouble. On a family level, Antonio wants to keep training himself on organic farming and support his son as he studies for a career that will help bring technology to the farm and improve its processes.

The conversion and production of organic coffee is a key process toward a long-term that is independent, healthy, balanced, and friendly with respect to the environment. This represents a challenge for the farmers of Colombia, and Antonio has decided not to risk his health, his family's, or his consumers' by continuing to use chemicals. The FCC is convinced that it's worthwhile to support and strengthen these alternative initiatives. A loan from Kiva represents a sustainable future for his production, his land, and his family.
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Antonio es un campesino que ha trabajado en la producción de café desde hace 25 años. El vive con su esposa y su hijo. Antonio esta en el proceso de conversión de café convencional a café orgánico, para fortalecer este proceso necesita comprar una pica todo, una guadaña y una estacionaria, herramientas que le ayudaran a mejorar las actividades en su finca aumentando la producción y la calidad del café, esta inversión le costara 4.000.000 millones de pesos. Sus metas a largo plazo es lograr el manejo de una finca orgánica integral implementando especies menores y mayores para la producción de abonos orgánicos y mejorar la alimentación de su familia, también sueña en certificarse como un productor orgánico en FCC por que esta convencido de que una agricultura limpia y saludable vale la pena, a nivel familiar Antonio quiere seguir capacitándose en temas orgánicos y apoyar a su hijo para que estudie una carrera que permita mejorar y tecnificar los procesos en finca.

La conversión y producción de café orgánico es un proceso integral al largo plazo independiente, saludable, balanceado y amigable con el medio ambiente lo que representa un desafío para los campesinos de Colombia y Antonio ha decidido no arriesgar su salud; la de su familia ni la de los consumidores, al seguir usando químicos. La FCC están convencida que vale la pena apoyar y fortalecer estas iniciativas alternas. Un préstamo con Kiva representa un futuro sostenible por su producción, su tierra, y su familia.

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About The Federacion Campesina del Cauca

The Federacion Campesina del Cauca (FCC) is a non-profit federation of coffee associations in Colombia that helps farmers improve the quality of the coffee they grow. Founded in 1971, it groups six coffee grower associations based in small rural towns outside the city of Popayan. FCC helps growers become fair trade certified and convert to more profitable organic farming techniques.

Kiva lenders’ funds are used to help coffee growers convert their conventional coffee crops into organic ones. With Kiva loans, they have a great opportunity to use sustainable practices that help the environment and limit the effects of climate change in their regions. Given the length of the conversion process, farmers have the option to take out loans that have three year terms.


About Colombia

  • $6,070
    Average annual income
  • 308
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $13,782,800
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,931.5
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD
Paying Back - Currency Exchange Loss

This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $2,075 helped Antonio switch over to organic coffee farming.
17% repaid
Repayment Term
62 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 26, 2013
Jan 16, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss: