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Alejandro
Alejandro has worked in organic agriculture for 10 years. He is married and has 6 daughters. Alejandro is an FCC certified organic coffee grower.

To improve his organic process, he needs to buy machinery that will facilitate activities at the farm. He also wants to buy a cow to use the manure as raw material to produce organic compost and therefore yield good coffee, increasing both production and quality. This investment will cost him 5,600,000 million pesos.

Alejandro is a grower who is committed to protecting the environment and he is convinced that clean and healthy agriculture is worth it. That is why he also wants to finish building an agro-ecological demonstration garden where he can train and show that organic agriculture is possible. At the family level, he would like to improve his family's quality of life and support his daughters in finishing their schooling.

The organic coffee conversion and production is a long term process that allows farmers to be independent, healthy, balanced and environmentally friendly, which represents a challenge to Colombian farmers. Alejandro has decided not to risk his health, his family's or his consumers' any more by continuing to use chemicals. Kiva's field partner Federación Campesina del Cauca (FCC) is convinced that it is worth supporting and fortifying these alternate initiatives. A Kiva loan represents a sustainable future for production, the land and his family.
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Alejandro ha trabajado la agricultura orgánica desde hace 10 años. El esta casado y tiene 6 hijas, Alejandro es un productor de café certificado orgánico en FCC. Para fortalecer este proceso el necesita comprar maquinaria que le facilite las actividades en la finca, también quiere comprar una vaca para utilizar el estiércol como materia prima que le permite producir abonos orgánicos y así seguir produciendo un buen café de origen, aumentando la producción y calidad, esta inversión le costara 5.600.000 millones de pesos.

Alejandro es un productor comprometido con la defensa del medio ambiente por que esta convencido de una agricultura limpia y saludable vale la pena por esta razón también quiere terminar de construir un sedero Agroecológico donde pueda capacitar y demostrar que la agricultura orgánica si es posible, a nivel familiar le gustaría mejorar la calidad de vida de su familia y apoyar a sus hijas para que terminen sus estudios.

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 a Alejandro ha decidido no arriesgar mas 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.

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About Colombia

  • $6,070
    Average annual income
  • 240
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $13,362,800
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2,031.7
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD
Paying Back - Currency Exchange Loss

This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $2,775 helped Alejandro to produce organic coffee.
33% repaid
Repayment Term
62 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Irregularly
Pre-Disbursed:
Feb 13, 2014
Listed
Mar 19, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible