A loan of $950 helped to prepare her farmland, buy fertilizer and sow coffee.

Tomasa's story

Unlike the majority of coffee producers, Tomasa began working on her brother's land only a few years ago. When he went elsewhere to live, he left her in charge of the plantation. At first, it was very difficult for her because she is a single mother and did not know much about working with coffee. But over time she has learned plenty and, through her savings, has bought her own land.

Currently, Tomasa is producing annually some 15 tons which she sells through the "Unión Regional de Huatusco" for export. Some time ago Tomasa had health problems, and now she cannot work full time on the plantation, so she hires some of her relatives to help them economically. She wants to increase production to 20 tons and knows that in order to do this she will have to prepare the land, sow new plants and use fertilizer, and thus needs the loan. This process will take approximately three years. One of Tomasa's main concerns is her mother, who is in poor health; so if the coffee business goes well she can provide the necessary care for her.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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