A loan of $550 helped to pay coffee cutters.

Antimo's story

For the past 50 years, Antimo has been a coffee farmer. He began at the side of his father and his brothers and when he married Roberta at the age of 20, he became independent and started to produce his own coffee. The coffee he and his family produce is organic because they do not use chemical fertilizer in their fields. He does the greatest part of the work in the fields with his sons, however at harvest time they contract laborers to pick the coffee beans. As the harvest season is approaching, Antimo needs a loan to pay the coffee cutters (as day laborers who pick the coffee beans are called).

Antimo says that he has 8,000 coffee plants in his fields and produces about 10 tons annually. He would like to have a total of 12,000 plants so he can raise his production. After the harvest he would like to make repairs on his house in order to provide a more comfortable home for his wife, Roberta.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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