A loan of $1,325 helped to pay for labor, plant more coffee beans, and purchase fertilizer.

Jorge Alberto's story

Jorge is 39 years old, and is married with five children. His wife sells groceries, while he works in agriculture and cultivates coffee. He started growing coffee on his own initiative and effort, because he was eager to get ahead. He works daily from 5 am until 4 pm, and does so along with some of his children. During the harvest season there is full time work and there is so much work that he can't cope with all of it. The difficculties that have risen so far are that during the coffee cutting season there isn't enough manpower available, so the coffee beans fall off and he suffers some losses. At times, he does not have enough money to pay for labor. The advantage Jorge has is that there is a high demand for coffee and he gets paid a good price. Jorge needs the loan he is requesting to purchase fertilizer and clear the land in order to plant the coffee beans, and to pay for labor. One of his goals is to have a larger coffee plantation. This is his first cycle with FAMA and he plans to invest the money very well so that he can pay his installments on time.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mariana Sanchis

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