A loan of $1,475 helped to buy fertilizers, fungicides, insecticides and irrigation pumps for her coffee crops.


Melva Antonia's story

Melva is a 51-year-old woman who, in spite of her age, doesn't stop dreaming big and fulfilling every one of the goals she sets herself. She didn't complete her primary education, only studying up to 3rd grade. She and her husband have been farming for more than 15 years. They have three children who help farm and sow coffee. The children are all under 18, live under the same roof as their parents and are dependent on their mother. Melva's parents, who spent their whole lives in this business, taught her how to farm at a very young age because, for financial reasons, they were unable to continue supporting her education. Melva's produce is sold in the surrounding area to family members, friends and other people, who describe her as an honest, responsible, committed woman.

Melva is currently requesting help in buying fertilizers, fungicides, insecticides and irrigation pumps for her coffee crops. These products will allow her to prevent her crops becoming infested with pests or suffering from rust, a disease which can destroy a whole crop.

Melva's dreams are to be able to educate her three children to university level so that they can become entrepreneurial men and women who are able to set up their own businesses and companies and generate employment for the development and benefit of the country. She wants this for them as farm work is hard and its profits are small.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard



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