Total loan: $2,100

Diego Giraldo

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Popayan, Cauca Department, Colombia / Agriculture

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Diego Giraldo's story

Diego has been a coffee grower for 25 years. He lives with his wife and his two children. Diego is in the process of converting his crops from conventional coffee crops to organic coffee crops. He has 5,500 coffee trees and he is planting 4,000 organic coffee trees. He needs 5,000,000 COP in order to buy solid and liquid organic fertilisers, which will enable him to improve his yield and the quality of his crops. His mid-term goal is to get certified as an organic producer. Diego wants to finish his studies at university and ensure his children get an education. Converting to, and producing, organic coffee is an intensive process which is healthy, balanced, and environmentally-friendly in the long term. It is a challenge for the farmers of Colombia. Diego has decided not to risk his own health, or that of his family or the consumers, by continuing to use chemicals. The Federación Campesina del Cauca is convinced that it is worth it to support and strengthen these alternative initiatives. A loan with Kiva represents a sustainable future for their production, their land, and their families.