A loan of $950 helped to buy fertilizers, coffee plants, and to clean his grounds.

Joaquin's story

For many years, Joaquín has had a very close relationship with coffee growing. It was not until recently that he began to devote himself to its production, due to the fact that he inherited land from his father and uncle.

Joaquín combines his labors as a coffee farmer with his work at a coffee processing plant and in order for this to be possible he hires day-laborers that are charged with helping him perform the tasks in the field. In this manner he also helps the family finances of the people he hires.

Joaquín's current annual production is 2.5 tons, but he knows that the land extension that he is expecting would be sufficient to allow him to produce up to 8 tons annually, therefore he has renewed many of his plants so that within 3 years he can reach his goal.

He needs to buy fertilizer, plants, and perform cleaning tasks and conservation of his plots of land, and for that he needs a loan. He wants to make his farms produce more so that in the future he can leave them to his children so that they can work on them.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jamie Schau

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