A loan of $1,550 helped to buy coffee, chicken manure, stakes, and to hire labourers.

José Alcides's story

Don José is 49 years old, married, and has seven children, five of whom live with him. For 32 years he has been a farmer growing maize, beans, and coffee. His father taught him how to work the land. He buys his agricultural supplies in a town located 25 minutes from his house, a journey he makes in his own vehicle. To get to his destination he has to travel along gravel roads and make several detours to get to the highway that leads to the town.

The loan that José is seeking from Fundación Campo will be used to buy two truckloads of coffee, 30 bags of chicken manure (organic fertilizer), to hire workers to dig the holes for the coffee plants, and to buy 1500 stakes. With this investment José expects to plant the coffee is a shorter time and with less cost. He will harvest the coffee in two years, the time it takes for the plants to yield a crop. His hope is that he will earn good money from the harvest and he’ll be able to offer work to his neighbours.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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