A loan of $700 helped to renew his coffee crop.

Ignacio's story

Ever since he was a child, Ignacio has been involved in producing coffee. His father used to take him to the farms so that he would help him and learn to do agricultural work, all the while combining these activities with school. At the age of 15 he began working full time as a farm laborer, sometimes with his father and other times in different farmers' lands. He currently grows his own coffee, and for the past few years he's been a member of the Unión Regional de Huatusco, which is where he sells his coffee for processing and exporting. The coffee he grows is conventional, and with the support of the people at Unión Regional de Huatusco he plans to make the transition into organic coffee. Since he must renew his crop one step at a time, this process will take him approximately three years, and for that reason he needs a loan so he can get this project started. He got 8 tons of produce from his last harvest. His goal for the next harvest is to deliver 10 tons, because a while ago he purchased a plot of land that's been sown and will begin to produce its first organic coffee beans in a few months. Ignacio is married to Jocelyn and they have three children, whom they've taught to work on the farm. In the future they would like to provide them with the opportunity to get a college education.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Renata Wolff

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