A loan of $1,425 helped to buy fertilizer, manure, insecticide, and a fumigation pump for her coffee crops.

Paula's story

Doña Paula is a happy, hard-working, and enterprising woman who, despite being 53 years old, has not stopped dreaming big. She has an incomplete elementary school level of education because she only studied up to the third grade. She is married and has five children who work in agriculture with the family. She learned this activity more than 7 years ago from her husband. Her product is marketed and sold in the areas surrounding her home to various neighbors, people who sell it on a small scale in the local market, and others. This work has provided for them for a long time and is the only source of income that they have to maintain their family and their home by covering the basic needs that occur daily, like food, clothing, medicine, etc.

Doña Paula asks for help so that she can buy fertilizer, manure, insecticide, and a fumigation pump for her coffee crops because nowadays these kinds of products are expensive and because it is possible that roya, a sickness that affects coffee crops, could contaminate her crops if not treated in time, and she could lose her entire harvest.

Her dream for the future is to have a large coffee plantation that would continue to provide blessings and a means of living for her family, and could be worked from generation to generation by her children, grandchildren, and the next generations able to take advantage of the effort and dedication of her and her husband.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Sawyer

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