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Dolores, 56, lives in México. Since the age of 10 she started working with coffee helping her father plant and harvest it. When she got married she and her husband started to produce their own coffee and what they earned they invested in buying new land. She currently has four children two of which are studying Agronomy in the university. All of her family is involved in the production and they also sell coffee plants to other growers in the region. Dolores has been a member of the “Unión Regional de Huatusco” for several years and that’s where she delivers her yearly harvest for subsequent export.

She produces conventional coffee and through the loan wants to make the switch to organic coffee that’s higher quality and has a higher market price. In the future she and her husband would like to acquire land to start a business with their children raising sheep.
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Dolores tiene 56 años y vive en México. Desde los 10 años ella comenzó a trabajar con el café ayudando a su padre a sembrarlo y cosecharlo. Cuando se caso ella y su esposo comenzaron a producir su propio café para venderlo y lo que ganaron lo invirtieron para ir adquiriendo nuevas tierras. Actualmente ella tiene 4 hijos y dos de ellos están estudiando una carrera universitaria en Agronomía. Toda su familia esta involucrada en la producción y también venden planta de café a otros productores de la región. Dolores es socia de la “Unión Regional de Huatusco” desde hace varios años y es allí a donde entrega su producción cada año para que posteriormente sea exportada.
Ella produce café convencional y por medio de un préstamo quiere hacer el cambio a café orgánico que es de mayor calidad y es mejor pagado en el mercado. En un futuro a ella y a su esposo les gustaría adquirir un terreno para iniciar junto con sus hijos un negocio de cría de borregos.

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Important Information

La Union Regional de Pequeños Productores de Cafe Huatusco (or, La Union Regional) is a member-owned, Fair Trade-certified coffee cooperative based in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. Kiva helps fund loans for La Union Regional’s members, allowing them to plant more crops and convert to more profitable organic farming methods. La Union Regional is backed by Fair Trade USA and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, which retails members’ coffee.

This Kiva loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit.

Because La Union Regional’s core business is not microfinance, there is some level of additional risk for lenders. Kiva’s partnership with La Union Regional is unique and unprecedented. For this reason, Kiva has not assigned the organization a risk rating. More information can be found on La Union Regional’s partner page.

About Mexico

  • $15,600
    Average annual income
  • 46
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $22,524,600
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 13.1
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $925 helped Dolores to change her conventional coffee production to organic.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
May 23, 2012
Apr 27, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 18, 2013