A loan of $2,100 helped to buy supplies for farming business.

Raúl's story

Don Raul is a coffee farmer. He started working very young, laboring on his father's farm. He married Maria when he was 18 years old and began farming for himself while also working as a laborer on other farmers' land. Farming was his means of supporting himself and his new wife. The couple had children who helped their father on his farm before they themselves married. There was plenty of work, not only to grow and harvest the family's own crop, but also because they collected harvests from surrounding farms to delivery to the Huatusco cooperative where it could be processed and exported. Don Raul now produces 28 tons of coffee per year and his goal is to produce 33 tons in 3 years. He is applying for a loan so that he can meet his new target and to meet it he has to prepare his land and buy new coffee plants. Don Raul is also enthusiastic about his livestock. He learned to care for animals when he was a boy and he knows how valuable they are on a farm. Don Raul tells us that he has been able to give his now married sons land of their own, a source of great satisfaction for him. He would like, he says, to give his wife a new refrigerator because the one that they have is very old.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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