A loan of $950 helped to pay laborers to help her do some new plantings so she can increase her production per hectare. She will also buy fertilizer and plants.

María Antonia's story

María Antonia is a 77 year old mother. She lives in the home she owns with one son. She does the housework and in her free time attends to her parcel of land with her son's help. Since she was very young she was taught by her father how to plant, harvest and do everything related to growing and caring for coffee. All of the parcels she has were bought by her deceased husband. María Antonia wants to increase her plantings per hectare since right now she has 4000 plants and in the future would like to have at least 5,600 productive plants. Right now she is a conventional coffee grower and she would like to produce organic coffee. She is willing to follow instructions and receive help from the technicians from the Unión Regional to achieve this goal. To achieve this goal and do new plantings to better use her area of land, thus increasing her production. To do this she is asking for a loan to buy plants, fertilizer and to pay the laborers who will help her prepare her farm to put in new plants and thus increase her production and with this have earnings that will help her in the future to maker her dream come true and have a bigger house so her children have a place to stay when they visit.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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