A loan of $925 helped to buy coffee plants for his farm.

Gonzalo's story

Gonzalo has found it necessary to work since he was very young, as his father passed away when he was barely three years old.

Together with his siblings and his mother, he worked on farms, learning everything related to coffee: from planting it, harvesting it, processing it, to seeking customers for marketing it. The coffee that Gonzalo produces is organic, as the fertilizer that he uses he prepares himself, and he does not use chemical products for this purpose.

Gonzalo is a member of the “Unión Regional Huatusco”, and this organization helps him with coffee plants and organic fertilizer. For the work needed in his coffee plantation, Gonzalo hires laborers to help him, in this way contributing to the finances of these people and their families.

In his coffee farm, he has planted some fruit trees that are good for giving shade to the coffee plants. For the next harvest, he needs to plant new seedlings, as he has a half hectare on his farm that is unplanted. He also needs to do clearing and soil conservation work, and that is why he needs a loan.

Now Gonzalo's children have completed their university degrees, so his goal is to set up, within a short time, a sales outlet, with his sons, his wife, and a nephew. This way, people in the area can enjoy his coffee, as the majority of his production is exported.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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