A loan of $1,475 helped to buy fertilizer, manure and water pumps to improve her coffee crop.


Irma Yolanda's story

Irma is a 31-year-old woman. She is widowed and has three children, all under the age of 18, who depend on her. Her husband sadly died four years ago, victim of a violent murder outside of their neighborhood. When she was younger, her parents had a very low income and could not support her in her studies, so she decided to learn how to work the land from a very young age. She married when she was 19 and was happily married for eight years. Her in-laws very kindly gave her and their grandchildren a plot of land to grow coffee so that she could provide for herself and her children in terms of clothing, food and medicines, etc. First of all she is thankful to God, her parents, and her in-laws who help her with her children’s expenses while the harvest is ending. She uses part of her earnings to invest in her crops, and spends the other part on her family as her children are growing up and the expenses are increasing. Her crops are six kilometers from where she lives, and she travels to them on foot. Irma want to improve her situation and has the support of her parents and in-laws. She is currently requesting a loan to buy fertilizer, manure, and water pumps to fertilize her coffee crops in order to have a good harvest this year. Her goals, hopes, and dreams are to be able to give her children a good education so that they have a better quality of life, better job opportunities,and can support her in what she knows best how to do, which is agriculture, although it is very tiring work.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Geraldine Pugh



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