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For more than half his life, Juan has been a coffee producer. Since he was little he has accompanied his father to work on the family's coffee farms and with time he acquired the experience necessary to be able to produce his own coffee.

He is married to Alma, with whom he has two small children. Beyond coffee production, Juan also has a taxi and that is where he works the majority of the time. During the harvest time he hires trimmers to help him with the work on his farm.

For the next harvest Juan wants to plant on some recently acquired land and for that he needs a loan which he will pay back at the end of the harvest.

When he finishes the harvest, Juan would like to make some improvements to his house with the income that he obtains so that he can provide more comforts to his wife and two young children.
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Durante más de la mitad de su vida Juan ha sido productor de café. Desde pequeño acompañaba a su padre a trabajar en las fincas de café de la familia y con el tiempo fue adquiriendo la experiencia necesaria para poder producir su propio café. Él está casado con Alma con quien tiene dos hijos pequeños. Además de dedicarse al café Juan también tiene un taxi y es allí donde trabaja la mayor parte del tiempo. Durante la época de cosecha contrata cortadores para que le ayuden en el trabajo en su finca. Para la siguiente cosecha Juan quiere sembrar un terreno que adquirió hace poco y para eso necesita de un crédito el cual pagará al final de la cosecha. Terminando la cosecha a Juan le gustaría hacerle algunas mejoras a su casa con las ganancias que obtenga para poder dar mayores comodidades a su esposa y a sus dos hijos pequeños.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

These loans help farmers swap out their old coffee plants that are no longer producing at capacity for new plants. New plants generally take three years to produce at capacity, temporarily reducing crop yield. Given that the renewal process can be lengthy, please note that this loan may have a long repayment term with a built-in grace period.


Important Information

La Union Regional de Pequeños Productores de Cafe Huatusco (or, La Union Regional) is a member-owned, Fair Trade-certified coffee cooperative based in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. Kiva helps fund loans for La Union Regional’s members, allowing them to plant more crops and convert to more profitable organic farming methods. La Union Regional is backed by Fair Trade USA and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, which retails members’ coffee.

This Kiva loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit.

Because La Union Regional’s core business is not microfinance, there is some level of additional risk for lenders. Kiva’s partnership with La Union Regional is unique and unprecedented. For this reason, Kiva has not assigned the organization a risk rating. More information can be found on La Union Regional’s partner page.

About Mexico

  • $15,600
    Average annual income
  • 56
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $22,254,550
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 13.1
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $475 helped Juan to sow coffee plants.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Nov 30, 2012
Nov 5, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 26, 2013