A loan of $1,025 helped to clean, plant, and maintain her coffee crop.

Maria Magdalena's story

María Magdalena is a 38-year-old, married woman who has four children, three of whom are in school and one who is special (he was born with hydrocephalus). Her family works in farming, planting and growing coffee 15 minutes from her house and transporting it on foot every day. As they are in school, her children help their parents with the fieldwork on the weekends and they help care for their brother daily. When she was a child, María Magdalena was not able to go to school for financial reasons, as her parents have few economic means. Because she was not able to attend even a year of school, she had to work hard since she was very young. María has a small grocery store in her house that generates income and helps with the expenses that come up at home every day, such as clothing, restrictive medications, food, and the purchase of products to sell. However, she puts a lot of effort into tending her shop and caring for her son while her other children are at school and her husband is out in the fields.

María Magdalena is currently asking for help to clean, plant, and maintain their crop, as there is a disease (rust) that is going around that affects coffee plants and they lost part of their crop. However, with the loan she will be able to plant a more resistant varietal.

Her goal is to pay off her loan with the earnings from her harvest and to have enough to buy the medications her son with hydrocephalus needs. However, her dream is to see her children graduate and find professions that give them good employment opportunities and a better way of life and for them to be respectable men and women.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alyson Trowbridge

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