A loan of $525 helped to buy organic and chemical fertilizers and to till his land.

Jaime Leonel's story

Jaime lives in the community of Las Cañitas, where he makes a living in the cultivation of coffee. He is 30 years old, and is married with one daughter. His wife is a housewife. He learned how to cultivate coffee from his father from the time he was a small child. He has had his own independent business for the last 6 years. Ha works from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. The advantages are that coffee is sold for a good price and the product is brought to his home where he lives. The inconveniences he faces are that the rain sometimes causes coffee to fall from the plants and it is sometimes difficult to find people to help pick the coffee during harvest time because labor is scarce.

The loan that Jaime has requested he needs to buy fertilizer and to be able to till the land so that it is in prime condition for the coffee harvest. One of Jamie's dreams is to have a higher production of coffee and increase the size of his farm land. This is the second loan that he has requested through FAMA. In the past he has made his payments on time.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tricia Kell

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