A loan of $350 helped to buy supplies for sowing; to pay labourers to sow 2.5 acres of organic coffee.

Jaime Ulises's story

Jaime is from El Consuelo, a community in Estelí. He is a coffee farmer. Jaime has only a basic level of schooling; he finished elementary school. He is married with three adolescent children who are all in high school. Six years ago, when he returned from Costa Rica, he started his farm using his savings to buy 1.73 acres of land. This was when he started to cultivate coffee. Coffee farming is an expensive venture, but coffee-especially the organic coffee sown in the northern part of the country- is in high demand. In the north, the majority of the population, as well as all of the tourists, are always in search of a good cup of organic coffee whose texture, flavour and aroma is intoxicating. Jaime works with his wife in the fields. He is requesting a loan for the purchase of supplies for sowing, and to pay labourers to sow 2.5 acres of organic coffee.
Jaime wants to have a high-yielding harvest that is, above all, high quality. This way, he will be able to sell it at a good price. His hope is to expand his coffee plantation and improve his children's quality of life, allowing them to continue to study.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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