A loan of $475 helped to buy plants for the reforestation of his plot of land as well as to pay laborers help him clean and plant his fields.

Esteban's story

Esteban is 78 years old and lives in his own house with his wife Alba and two of his thirteen children who help in the work of his plot of land. Since he was very young Esteban learned everything related to the production and cultivation of coffee, thanks to his father who was the one who taught him. Now he teaches his sons to grow and produce coffee as in the future they will inherit the property and they will have to manage it.

Esteban needs to contract laborers in order to help them in the work of cutting and planting new plants as the land needs to be cleaned for the next crop so the people harvesting the coffee can do it without problems and likewise be able to plant new plants because already some are very old.

This is the reason he has asked for a loan in order to pay laborers and to buy plants. He knows that if he uses the proceeds well, he will have better results and in three years with the new plants he can significantly expand his harvest obtaining more earnings, helping him better his quality of life and to fulfill his dream of being able to add to his house so there is enough space when his children and grandchildren visit.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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