A loan of $275 helped to buy fertilizer and manure to maintain her coffee crops.

Leonarda's story

Leonarda, 36, is a fighting, enterprising woman with a desire to get overcome and succeed. She is a single mother with two children who depend on her financially, both of whom are studying. Her older child is 18 and is in the second level of secondary school, and her younger child is 14 and is in the second grade of middle school. After they get out of school, they help their mother with the farm labor, such as cleaning, spreading manure, fumigating, and cutting the crops.

She does not have any educational degree, due to the fact that her parents had a low income and were unable to help her with her studies. From childhood she has made a living by cultivating coffee, which is what her family has done to this day. This is her only sustenance, as her parents taught her to work the land more than 15 years ago. She inherited the land on which her family works from her parents some time ago, in order to cover expenses such as food, clothing, studies, medicine, etc. The land is located 4.5 kilometers from her home, which they travel on foot every day.

She is currently asking for help to buy fertilizer and manure to maintain her coffee crops so that this harvest is healthy and profitable, in order to generate an income, obtain earnings and to be able to continue investing in the crops.

Her dreams are to see her two children graduate from university, because then they will be able to have a better lifestyle, a better future, a better education, and for them to be able to inherit the land on which they are working so they can continue making a profit from it and so that it can pass from generation to generation.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Volz

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