A loan of $1,050 helped to buy fertilizer, cement and rebar.

Juan Bautista's story

Juan is 55 years old, married and has six children. His wife does domestic chores. They are a very united, hardworking family. Juan grows coffee, beans and corn to sell, an activity he’s been doing for 20 years. He learned how to work while still very young because his mother was single and needed help to support the family. Juan gradually saved up to buy a piece of farmland and be able to plant and this is how today he has his coffee farm where he also plants beans and corn. His work schedule is 5am to 2pm and when it’s harvest time he works full-time. One of Juan’s advantages is that he already has sellers for his products so they sell quickly.

The loan Juan is requesting is to buy fertilizer, cement and rebar because he needs to build some tanks and canals to gather the coffee beans. The loan will be of great use to him because he will be able to pay labor costs to do the project and move the coffee out of the mountain and transport it. His dream is to become a wholesaler and to sell quality coffee. This is the first loan he’s asked FAMA for and he expects to be punctual with his installment payments.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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