A loan helped to buy fertilizers and pay for labor.

Marlon Antonio's story

Marlon is twenty-four years old and single. He lives with his parents, and for the past ten years has made his living through the cultivation of coffee. He learned this trade from his father when he was a boy. After some time he was able to become independent and began to cultivate his own plantation. The work schedule is varied. During the harvest season one works hard without rest.

To date, the difficulties that Marlon has faced are the scarcity of manual labor for the coffee harvest, since everyone is doing the same work at the same time. Another inconvenience is the transferral of the coffee to the point of sale, since due to the bad state of the roads—a product of the winter rains—it is difficult to transport the product.

Marlon intends to use the loan he is requesting to buy fertilizers and pay the workers who maintain the plantation. The loan would help him considerably, since before he had to pledge the crop to intermediaries who would take advantage of him to pay a low price for the coffee. One of Marlon's goals is to introduce modern technology to his plantation and to have the proper tools to expedite the work. This is the first loan that he has received from FRAMA and he hopes to make his payments in a punctual way.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer anonymized.

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