A loan of $925 helped to buy coffee plants.

Domingo's story

Domingo, 32, learned to grow coffee while still a little boy when his father taught him and his brothers. When he started working for himself on land that his father passed down to him his production wasn’t very good because his property was in bad condition but thanks to his efforts he’s currently getting good yields.

He’s married and has four small children who he is instilling the love for working with coffee into because, like his own father, he will also pass down land for them to work when they get older. A young niece also lives with him and his family; she’s the daughter of his sister who unfortunately died of cancer some years ago and he’s taken her into his care. When it’s low coffee season he works as a day laborer for other people to help a little with family income.

During the last harvest, Domingo produced 4 tons and he needs a loan to buy new coffee plants to double his production. He is excited about getting training from “Unión Regional de Huatusco” [coffee cooperative] which is the association he’s a member of and that he delivers his coffee to for subsequent export.

Among his future plans is to provide university educations for his children and his niece because for lack of resources he himself was unable to do so because in the community where he lives it’s only possible to attend up to secondary school and to study beyond that it’s necessary to go away.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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