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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.
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Jaime es un productor de café emprendedor, pues además de dedicarse a esta actividad también produce caña y tiene una tienda de abarrotes en su casa. En lo que se refiere al café desde niño aprendió lo necesario al lado de su padre para poder trabajar en las fincas y cuando se caso con Fidela los 2 juntos trabajaban tanto en sus terrenos como en los de otras personas para poder tener mejores ingresos. El café que produce es convencional y quiere convertir toda su producción a café orgánico ya que este no utiliza fertilizantes químicos y necesita de un crédito para llevar esto a cabo. Este proceso le llevará algunos años ya que debe irse realizando por etapas y recibirá capacitación por parte de la “Unión Regional de Huatusco” para lograrlo. Durante la última cosecha tuvo una producción de 8 toneladas y para la siguiente espera que pueda llegar a producir 10 toneladas, de las cuales 3 serán de café orgánico, pues anteriormente sembró plantas las cuales fueron tratadas para este fin. El mayor sueño de Jaime es poder construir su propio beneficio de café para poder procesar el mismo toda su producción, aunque también tiene entre sus planes realizar mejoras en su trapiche de caña.

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These loans help farmers transition from conventional to organic coffee production methods. Farmers cite high costs as the main barrier to converting to organic production. With Kiva loans, they have a great opportunity to use sustainable practices that help the environment and limit the effects of climate change in their regions. Given that the conversion process can be lengthy, please note that this loan may have a long repayment term with a built-in grace period.


Important Information

La Union Regional de Pequeños Productores de Cafe Huatusco (or, La Union Regional) is a member-owned, Fair Trade-certified coffee cooperative based in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. Kiva helps fund loans for La Union Regional’s members, allowing them to plant more crops and convert to more profitable organic farming methods. La Union Regional is backed by Fair Trade USA and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, which retails members’ coffee.

This Kiva loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit.

Because La Union Regional’s core business is not microfinance, there is some level of additional risk for lenders. Kiva’s partnership with La Union Regional is unique and unprecedented. For this reason, Kiva has not assigned the organization a risk rating. More information can be found on La Union Regional’s partner page.

About Mexico

  • $15,600
    Average annual income
  • 47
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $22,524,600
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 13.4
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $900 helped Jaime to switch from conventional coffee production to organic.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Aug 31, 2012
Aug 6, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 1, 2013