A loan of $1,375 helped to buy coffee plants and to prepare the soil for planting.

Rosalía's story

When Rosalía got married she started working in the coffee business helping her husband with the growing and harvesting tasks. She recalls that at the beginning it was very difficult because she wasn’t used to this type of activity and because in addition to helping her husband she also did all the household tasks and cared for her children. In time, she acquired experience and her children grew and everything became simpler. However, her husband died a few months ago and she had to completely take over the coffee farm with help from her children but since they are already married they can’t neglect their other activities.

Rosalía produces organic coffee which means she uses no chemicals to fertilize and she needs a loan to do the clearing tasks and to prepare the soil. In future, she’d like to increase production to earn higher income and to do so she’s thinking about buying 300 more coffee plants. Another one of the things she has planned to do with extra income she earns is to build a warehouse next to her farm to store firewood, coffee and some work tools so that she doesn’t have to be transporting these things every day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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