A loan of $650 helped to look after his coffee crops.

Juán Elias's story

39-year-old Juán Elias is married and lives with his wife and children who are the most important things in his life. he plans to use the loan to buy fertiliser and fungicide and to pay works to help him with his coffee crop. He will also buy some seedlings to sow at the beginning of the rainy season so that he can have a greater density of plants and also make the most of the good fertility of the soil, the climate and other conditions which are conducive to growing coffee. By improving his crops in this way, he hopes to make some income so he can improve his family's living conditions and also invest a bit more in his plantation. This will enable him to achieve some of this goals. It is his first loan from FUDECOSUR. He had not previously had any loans from state banks, but FUDESCOSUR granted him the loan with better conditions and a much lower interest rate.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Janice Crossfield

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