A loan of $250 helped to buy fertilizers and change her production of conventional coffee to organic coffee.

Teresa's story

Teresa has been producing coffee for the past 12 years. She began helping her father during the harvest season, and little by little she learned to do everything necessary to this work. When she married, her father gifted her a plot of land so she could work with her husband Moisés, who does the majority of the fieldwork. Teresa works as a domestic worker near the community where she lives and in the afternoons she works with her husband and also a coffee plant nursery in her home.

The coffee that Teresa and her husband produce is the conventionally grown type, and they would like to change over to producing organic coffee. This process takes about three years and they have already begun the work necessary to achieve this. For the next harvest, Teresa needs a loan to buy fertilizers, since she has recently replanted a part of her farmland. After the harvest, they have plans to repair their home and put in a grocery store there in order to develop an extra source of income for the family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Mount

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