A loan of $600 helped to maintain a coffee farm, to pay labor costs, to purchase supplies.

Felix Pedro's story

Felix, age 60, is from the community of La Rica, located in the Jinotega department. He has seven children and makes his living growing coffee. Felix has been in this business for over 40 years; he started when, at the age of 18, he first sowed his own crops on a plot that his father had left him.

With time, Felix sold that land in order to purchase additional plots for cultivation. He sowed coffee and with the profits from the harvest acquired additional land where he sowed staple grains. This is how, through the years, Felix and has family survived even though he only finished first year of primary school -- he was not able to study because of the poverty in which his parents lived, but he did learn well the craft of being a good farmer.

Felix is seeking a loan in order to do the necessary maintenance work on his coffee farm, to pay labor costs, and to purchase supplies. With the help of this investment, he expects to able to collect a high-quality harvest which will allow him to sell the entire crop at good prices; he would also like to sell the crop to a direct buyer so that he does not have to use an intermediary. In addition, he wants to help his children to buy a couple of pieces of furniture. In the future, Felix wants to increase the size of his coffee fields. His next goal is to sow corn and beans.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Andrei Vazhnov

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