A loan of $850 helped to clear her fields and buy new coffee plants.


Renee's story

43-year old Renee lives in her own house with her husband whom she married, very much in love, twenty years ago. As a result of the union, they have eight children, five of whom are independent and three of whom still live with them. Renee gets up very early to prepare breakfast and lunch at the same time, because she is very busy the rest of the day, working in the fields with her husband. They grow coffee, bananas, and citrus fruits on their own land and on rented land too. Renee enjoys her work as a farmer because the income from it has enabled her to raise her five older children, and now she is in the process of raising the other three, providing them all with a comfortable home. She knows that growing coffee requires a big investment of money, time, and work. However, you don’t lose your money, as even when the market for coffee isn’t good, there is always enough income to support your family. On occasion Renee has made contact with buyers in the capital city who gave her a better price, allowing her to educate and clothe her children. This is her fifth loan with Kiva partner, MFP, and during this time with each loan she has proven herself a hard worker and a responsible member of the community bank whose members greatly respect her. With some of the money she will hire people with machetes to clear away weeds and other unneeded plants from her fields. The rest of the loan will be used to buy new coffee plants.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A


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