A loan of $1,950 helped a member to buy fertilizer, insecticide and to pay farmworkers' labor costs.

Gs Buenos Aires Group's story

Oscar, 50, has five dependent children; he lives with his housemate. His main activity is growing coffee. He has three manzanas [Central American unit of land measurement] of coffee; its harvest has been his main source of income. He has more than 25 years’ experience.

Oscar is requesting the loan to provide crop maintenance; he will buy fertilizer, insecticide and pay labor costs for his farm staff. His main objective is to improve his farm’s productivity because the lack of financing has kept him from providing it with proper maintenance. With the requested loan, Oscar will be able to improve his coffee farm’s production and thus earn higher income to cover household expenses and provide better quality of life for his family. He and his wife have worked hard to acquire the family assets because this activity requires very hard work.

One of Oscar’s dreams is to have a more technologically up-to-date farm that would generate resources to provide his family with better quality of life. He and his fellow coffee growers joined together to form a group with the goal of requesting a loan to improve their farms. The other group members are Cristino, José and Maximiliano. Each owns his parcels and has much experience in managing their farms.

Danli, El Paraíso, Honduras-September, 2012

In this group: Oscar Jose, Jose Abrahan, Maximiliano, Cristino

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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