A loan of $775 helped to buy fertilizers and other crop supplies.

Karla Maribel's story

Karla, 22, is a hard-working young woman with a desire to get ahead. She is married and has a five-year-old son who depends on her in all aspects. She received an elementary education and is grateful to her parents for their efforts in helping her as much as possible givendespite their low income. It was her parents who taught her about planting and growing coffee. She and her husband have been in this business for four years farming their own land. They are thankful to God that they were able to buy the land with their savings after much sacrifice. The land is five kilometers away, so they have to pay for a transport ticket to get there and back daily. Sometimes they walk to the plantation for maintenance issues such as weeding, cutting, fertilizing, fumigating, etc. Their product is sold through intermediaries in the area. The neighbors classify the product as being healthy, clean, and of good quality.

Currently, Karla is requesting a loan to buy fertilizers and other supplies for her coffee plantation, in order to protect it from crop disease and other contaminants.

Her goal is to provide a better environment for her son so he can get a good education and a university degree. She hopes he can take advantage of the assets his parents are working for, so he can make us of them to get ahead in life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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