A loan of $1,475 helped to buy fertilizers, manure and fumigation pumps for her coffee plantation.

Teresa De Jesus's story

Teresa is a hard-working and determined women who seeks to get ahead in life. She is happily married and has one child with her husband. They earn their living through farming basic crops such as maize, beans and coffee on a small scale, and then selling the products in the areas surrounding her town, at the local market and from her house. She has worked in agriculture for over 15 years. Her parents were farmers and since she was a little girl have taught her about this activity. Her crops are at a distance of 2 kilometers from her house. She walks this distance every day to look after and monitor the crops, since these types of crops require a lot of care. 

Teresa did not have the opportunity to study but she is very grateful for the help of her parents in helping her to go to school up until the 3rd grade of primary education since they did not have many resources. 

Teresa is now asking for help to buy fertilizers, manure and fumigation pumps for her coffee plantation and in this way avoid the destruction of her crops by leaf rust fungus (Roya) which can completely destroy coffee plantations if they are not treated on time. 

Her dream is for her coffee plantations to become as productive as possible so that in this way she can continue helping her husband with the daily household expenses and provide her son with a good university education  so that he can have more employment opportunities and a better quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer KAROLINA KOSZELSKI

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