A loan of $2,300 helped to pay for farm chores like pruning, weeding and harvesting and to buy fertilizer.

Concepción's story

Concepción’s married living in her own house with her husband and her son. She’s 76 years old and has 50 years’ experience growing coffee since her father would take her to the fields when she was a little girl to help him with the planting and harvesting chores. All of the fields she owns were inherited from her father. She also does other activities like sugarcane and sewing clothes and she also sells popular medicine in the region. Her education reached secondary school since back then it was difficult to attend school because of the distance from one settlement to another and there weren’t many means of transportation like there are today.

Her greatest hope and goal is to increase coffee production since she produces her own plants for replanting and this is the reason for requesting a loan to buy fertilizer and to pay labor costs for the plant maintenance chores she plans to do to increase crop yields. She plans to use profits from which in the long run to open a grocery store that will increase her and her loved ones’ quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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