A loan of $1,375 helped to buy coffee plants, fertilizer and to pay day laborers.

Rene's story

Rene, 49, is married to Karina and they have two children; he does not have a house of his own. He studied up to high school and works as an employee in the “Unión Regional de Huatusco” [coffee cooperative]. He has 35 years’ experience growing coffee since he started helping his paternal grandparents and his mother since he was very little; they taught him everything related to coffee growing. He also learned how to plant seeds like corn, beans, etc.

Rene hires day laborers to help him prune, clear and fertilize the farm because since it produces organic coffee it needs more care and cleanliness.
His goal as a coffee grower is to increase his production which today is 10 tons per hectare and to finish replanting his parcel. He’d also like to start producing macadamia nuts as an alternative crop which is why he’s asking for a loan to reach his goals of finishing replanting his farm and to be able to buy organic fertilizer that will help his farm increase crop yield which will bring as an added benefit an improved quality of life because he wants to build his own house and to support his children so that they can complete their professional careers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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