A loan of $975 helped to buy coffee seeds, fertilizer and to make nursery beds for his coffee.

Gerson's story

Gerson is 36 years old. His partner is Irene, with whom he has two children, ages 7 and 3. They live in a rustic house, their own, which is located in an indigenous community. He arrived in this community seven years ago and he liked it. There he met the mother of his children.

He has spent six years as a farmer and during this time the community gave him a plot of land where he grows coffee, avocados and bananas. “I began with coffee and waited two years for the first harvest, but now I have a good production,” he says proudly. He also puts a lot of effort into cultivating bananas because they provide fruit every 15 days, paying for his most immediate expenses. His community distributes land to inhabitants according to their length of residence, consequently Gerson will wait two more years for the community to grant him more land and thereby enable him to increase production.

This is his fourth loan with MFP and he will take responsibility for prompt repayment of this loan. He notes that he enjoys working with his communal bank, “Sol Naciente” because together they have avoided trouble thanks to their savings. With this money, he will be able to purchase coffee seeds, organic fertilizer and bags to prepare nurseries for his coffee seedlings, which he will plant in the empty spaces of his parcel.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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