A loan of $775 helped with the purchase of fertilizers and compost for her coffee crop.

Lurbin Bernarda's story

Lurbin, who is 35 years old, is hard-working and enterprising. She is married, and with her husband has two dependent daughters who live under her roof. Her older daughter is in her second year of secondary school, and her younger daughter is in primary school. Lurbin, herself, completed secondary school and graduated as a qualified accountant. She is grateful to her parents for having helped her to finish her studies. Her husband is a driver and also a farmer. They make their living together planting and harvesting corn, beans and coffee, a skill Lurbin learned from her parents when she was very young. Her parents also taught her to sell the crop, not just plant it. She sells by the pound, the "quintal" (an amount equivalent to 46kg). etc. She sells her produce in person, along with her daughters, to different groceries near to where she lives. She also sells to her family and friends, who characterize Lurbin as an honest and capable woman.

Lurbin is currently requesting the loan for the purchase of fertilizers and compost for her coffee crop. The products are an expensive necessity for keeping her crops healthy and free from "roya," a disease that destroys entire coffee crops, and plagues.

Lurbin's goal is to keep her crops healthy and free from plagues and other disease that could cause them harm. She wants to have a good harvest and earn good and even better profits to re-invest in her plantings. Farming is her only source of income with which to support her family and provide for her daughters' futures.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marni Siegal

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