A loan of $925 helped clean the land and prepare the soil to sow new plants.

Guillermo's story

When Guillermo was six years old, his father died and he and his mother and brothers had to work very hard to get ahead. At first it was very hard for them, but as time went by, they learned everything about coffee and were able to remedy their difficult situation. Guillermo is now 53 years old and has much experience in the coffee growing. He personally manages his land and during the harvest he hires workers to help him, as there is too much work to do and it would be impossible for him to finish it all by himself. Guillermo's last harvest yielded 8 tons of coffee beans, which he gave to the Regional Union of Huatusco (Union Regional de Huatusco) to be processed and exported. For the next harvest he needs a loan in order to invest in cleaning his land and preparing the soil for sowing new plants, as some of the ones he has have completed their production cycle. When we spoke to Guillermo about KIVA, he was enthusiastic because he knows that after the harvest he’ll have enough money to payback the loan; the difference between other jobs and working in the field is that in the field, generating income takes longer. Guillermo and his wife Tere have a 15-year-old daughter and in the future they’d like to be able to offer her the opportunity to get out and go to university, as the small town they live in has very few options for education or jobs.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Beatriz Yuste

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