A loan of $250 helped to buy coffee plants and fertilizer.

Cenovia's story

Cenovia has worked with coffee since she was a little girl, as her father was a grower and she helped him during the harvest season by collecting the beans from the plants. Little by little she learned everything she needed to know to be able to do it on her own. When she got married, she started to help her husband, who was also in this business, and they taught their children so they could help. Cenovia currently lives with three of her children and three of her grandchildren and together they have made coffee a family business by splitting the duties among themselves. Her children are the ones who are mainly in charge of the plantations; her grandchildren help during the harvest season; and she is in charge of managing the business and distributing pay. She has made her business grow with loans she has received over the years and, currently, she wants to take advantage of the opportunity Kiva is offering her for a loan, as she needs to plant more coffee and buy fertilizers for her plantations. She is very enthusiastic about working with Kiva and she knows that, come next harvest, she will be able to maintain her yield if she does the aforementioned work.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alyson Trowbridge

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