A loan of $900 helped buy new coffee plants to sow and organic fertilizer.


Romualda's story

Romualda and Benito, her husband, have been coffee producers for more than 15 years. At first they worked for other people as day workers, but with time and thanks to their effort, they were able to buy land, the same land on which they now produce their own coffee. Romualda splits her time between her domestic duties and her work duties on the farm, as for her it is very important that her children be well-attended to. During the last harvest, they were able to get 11 tons of coffee, which they took over to the “Unión Regional de Huatusco” to be processed and exported. For the next harvest, they need to buy new coffee plants to sow and organic fertilizer. That’s why Romualda is asking for a loan, which she will pay back after the harvest, when she’s finished selling all of her coffee. Currently, she has 4,500 coffee plants and her goal is to have 5,500 in a year, in order to increase production. She and her husband are motivated because in a few years they’d like to be able to offer their children the opportunity to go to university; they know that the better prepared their children, the more work opportunities they’ll have.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Beatriz Yuste



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