A loan of $475 helped to buy coffee plants.

Joel's story

Since when he was a little boy Joel has always enjoyed life in the country. He tells us that his father taught him all of the secrets he needs to be able to produce excellent quality coffee. 

With time he has been gaining experience so that he can become independent and marry Lucia with whom he has 5 children. All of the family works in this area. At the moment they produce standard coffee but they are carrying out the work to convert their production to organic coffee. This process takes approximately three years since they need to completely change their plantation. 

At present, Joel needs a loan because he wants to buy new plants which he will use to substitute those which have complete their life cycle. 

In addition to producing coffee, Jose also produces corn, beans and chilli since in this way he can have a better income for his family. After the next coffee harvest Jose plans to make some improvements to his house which have become necessary due to accumulated wear and tear over time. 

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer KAROLINA KOSZELSKI

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