A loan of $1,325 helped to buy fertilizer and manure for her coffee crop.

Concepcion's story

Concepción is a 47-year-old woman. She's married and the mother of five children, who make a living growing coffee together as a family. She didn't finish primary school, though she went through fifth grade with a lot of effort and sacrifice. She lacked the financial help to continue because her parents had a low income level and had to use their cash input to buy food to support the family.

It was her parents who taught her how to grow coffee more than 30 years ago, which she continues doing up to the present. It's the only income and means of support for her family. Her husband acquired the land they cultivate from a family inheritance, and it has been fruitful for them. The land is located 100 meters away, and they go there every day to maintain and weed it, which allows them to keep their crop free of weeds. They sell their crop through various intermediaries who come to the community to acquire it.

Currently she's requesting help to buy fertilizer and manure for her coffee crop so she can keep it free of pests and diseases that destroy entire crops if not treated in time.

Her dream is to expand her crop to generate more income so she can continue investing in coffee production. One of her greatest challenges is the constant increase and rise in prices of the very supplies that are a big help in guaranteeing a 100% crop. This will allow her to give her children a better education and improve their standard of living.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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