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When he was little Rufino started working with his father on the family farm. When he married Constantina his father gave him land as a gift so that he would be able to become independent with his new family.

In the beginning his wife helped him with the field work. However, after their first child was born she devoted herself full time to the household chores. Rufino now hires people to work on the farm. He personally supervises all of the work.

He produces an average of eight tons a year. He is requesting a loan for the next harvest to buy coffee plants and fertilizer for his plot of land. In three years he hopes that his farm is producing at 100% of its capacity as there are some areas that need to be sowed again.

In addition to his coffee production, Rufino is employed by his town. He also has a flower nursery, a business that is mainly handled by his wife.

Among Rufino’s personal goals is to make improvements to his house so that his family can live more comfortably.
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Rufino comenzó desde pequeño a trabajar con su padre en la finca que tiene su familia. Cuando se caso con Constantina su padre le regaló un terreno para que pudiera independizarse con su nueva familia. Al principio su esposa lo ayudaba en el trabajo del campo pero después al nacer su primer hijo ella se dedicó de lleno a las labores del hogar. Actualmente Rufino contrata personal para que trabaje en su finca y él se encarga de supervisar personalmente todas las labores. Él produce un promedio de 8 toneladas anuales y para la siguiente cosecha está solicitando un crédito para comprar planta de café y abono para su parcela. En 3 años espera que su finca esté produciendo el 100% de su capacidad pues hay algunas zonas que necesitan resembrarse. Además de dedicarse a la producción de café, Rufino es empleado del ayuntamiento en su localidad y también cuenta con un vivero de flores, negocio del cual se encarga principalmente su esposa. Entre las metas personales que Rufino tiene está la de hacerle mejoras a su casa para vivir de manera más cómoda con su familia.

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More information about this loan

These loans are designed to help farmers expand their existing crop yields and increase their incomes. The loans are designed to fit the agricultural cycle, allowing farmers to make purchases during the planting season and repay following the harvest. Coffee production loans help farmers maintain and grow their fields by cleaning, pruning, fertilizing, and conserving the grounds, delivering water, and replanting trees needed to shade the coffee plants.

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
  • 61
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $22,294,450
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 13.4
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,125 helped Rufino to buy coffee plants and fertilizer for his plot of land.
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