A loan of $550 helped to buy fertilizer and weed killer and to pay laborers.

Juan Miguel's story

Juan Miguel is 53 and a small scale coffee grower. He is married and has six children, from 5 to 17 years old. Together with his family he lives in El Guineo neighborhood in Patuca municipality. Juan Miguel began growing coffee thanks to one of his brothers-in- law who gave him a gift of a plot of land and provided him with a small loan. He has spent 20 years cultivating coffee, a task he learned how to do from his father who is himself a small coffee grower.

Juan is very grateful to his brother-in-law because, thanks to him, he now has his own business and an income to support his family. He feels at a disadvantage in that his small farm is not mechanized, which causes him to incur additional costs, and the danger of pest infestations is a real headache. However, he feels he has an advantage in that coffee is a very marketable product and once it is harvested he can sell it quickly. He is requesting this loan to buy weed killer, fertilizer and to pay a labor force to clear the land. His goal is to eventually have 10 mz. of land (one manzana = approximately 1.68 acres) under cultivation and with the support of this loan he will be able to achieve this, little by little . This is Juan’s first loan cycle at FAMA and he expects to fulfill his commitment to make all his payments on time.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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