A loan of $925 helped to buy and sow coffee plants.

Dominga's story

Dominga’s mother was a coffee grower, and it was with her that she started to get a taste for growing this crop. At the start she only helped her mother with the cutting tasks during the harvest, but over the years she started to learn more, and finally became a coffee grower.

When she was 20 Dominga married Paulino, who also works in this business, and together they have a daughter. Between the three of them they look after the coffee plantations. The harvest time is when they have the most work, and hire up to 15 people who help with cutting tasks and everything else that is needed for a good harvest. All of the coffee that they grow is organic.

Dominga has requested a loan as she needs to carry out a number of activities on her plantation, such as cleaning, buying plants, and sowing coffee seeds. In addition to the coffee business, she also sells food so that she can have additional income for her family. At the end of the harvest Dominga and her husband plan to buy a van, which they will use to drive about and also to transport their coffee when required. Dominga is pictured in the patio of her house along with her granddaughter, who she sometimes looks after while her daughter is working.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert

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