A loan of $1,475 helped buy fertilizer and manure for her coffee plants.

Marta Lidia's story

30-year old Marta is married and has three children who attend primary school and rely on her for everything. She is hardworking and enterprising. Marta completed her primary school education but she couldn’t afford to continue her studies since her parents are poor. Whatever they produced, they managed to use wisely so she did complete primary school.

As a young girl Marta learned about growing coffee from her parents who taught her how to look after the land. Now she and her husband work as coffee farmers; he is the only person who helps her with weeding, pruning, and fertilizing, so they don’t pay any labourers. Marta has been a farmer for more than five years. The land they work is their own as they inherited it from her husband’s parents. It’s located about two kilometres from their house, and they walk there every day.

Now Marta is seeking a loan to buy fertilizer and manure for the coffee plants as the product they use is expensive and difficult to acquire. Her goal is to have her fields produce more and keep the plants healthy so that she can earn more money. Then she will be able to reinvest in the coffee fields; this is the only means she has of earning money to support her family.

Marta’s dream is to see her children graduate from university so that they can have a better standard of living, more income, and benefit from the effort that their parents put in today on the land. This is the land that they will one day inherit and can use to create companies and businesses to generate employment for others.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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