A loan of $925 helped to purchase bags of natural fertilizer to spread in his coffee fields.

Pepe's story

Pepe, 34, lives in the indigenous community of Santa María, with Matilde, his wife of 12 years, and their family. They have 5 young children, whom they care for and educate in their own home.

"I had to work hard for everything I have today, even the smallest little thing," says Pepe. The work he does is farming. His crops consist of coffee, plantains, and annatto [a tree whose fruit and seeds are used for flavoring, colorants and dyes for foods and cosmetics] which he grows in the 6 productive fields that he owns. He worked very hard to be able to acquire these lands, starting with nothing and gathering money little by little.

Now he looks after his crops with enormous care. "It's not difficult," he says, since his wife and children help him with great dedication. Throughout the year he plans each planting so as to have a constant source of income. This way he can cover the costs of his children's education and save to improve his produce, since the dealers who visit his area always demand quality products from each harvest.

He belongs to "Los Amigos Cafetaleros" [The Coffee-grower Friends] communal bank, and this is his second loan with MFP. With your support he hopes to continue in his goals. He also promises to be punctual with his payments. On receiving your support, Pepe will invest the requested money in purchasing natural fertilizers (farmyard manure) to spread in his coffee fields.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Laura Melbourne

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