A loan of $900 helped to switch from conventional coffee production to organic.


Jaime's story

Jaime is an enterprising coffee grower because, besides working in the coffee business, he also grows sugar cane and has a grocery store in his home.
As a child, he learned from his father everything he needed to know about coffee in order to work on the plantations, and when he married Fidela, they both worked together on their land as well as on other people's land so that they could get better income.
The coffee beans he produces are conventional, and he wants to convert all of his coffee production to organic, since it would not require the use of chemical fertilizers. He needs a loan in order to do this. The process will take several years, since it must be done in phases, and he will receive training from Unión Regional de Huatusco in order to do it.
His last harvest yielded eight tons, and he is hoping to reach ten tons next season, three of which will be organic coffee beans, since he previously sowed plants which had been treated for this purpose.
Jaime's greatest dream is being able to build his own coffee brokerage so that he can process all of his output himself, although he also has plans to improve his sugar mill.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mariana Sanchis



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