A loan of $3,700 helped a member to buy fertilizers and pay for labor for growing coffee, corn and beans.

La Caroza Group's story

Francisco is 43 years old, and lives with his wife and their six children in a village which is part of the municipality of Nueva Frontera, Santa Barbara. He has farmed his whole life, and has approximately 35 years of working with his own crops. He grows coffee, corn and beans, and sells his output in the local market.

He wants his land and crops to have better technical assistance so that he can have better harvests and obtain better profits, as he has future plans to buy two more manzanas (Central American unit of land measurement) of land already cultivated with coffee.

He has applied for a group loan in order to buy fertilizers and pay for labor, so that he can provide good maintenance to his coffee, corn, and bean crops.

The group is called "La Caroza" and is made up of 12 members who in the photo are identified as follows: on the left, standing, is Francisco, the coordinator; next to him is Luis, Yessica, Victoria, José and Santos. On the left, crouching, is Constantino, Neptali, Santos, Zoila, Simeón and José Antonio on the right. They all live in the same community and work in agriculture.

The total group loan is for 73,000 lempiras, and they will invest it in maintaining their crops.

In this group: Simeon, Jose Antonio, Francisco Antonio, Luis Alonzo, Yessica Johana, Victoria , Jose Armando, Santos Reyes, Constantino, Neptali, Santos, Zoila Esperanza

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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