A loan of $525 helped to buy fertilizer and compost to maintain her coffee crops.

Rubercinda's story

Rubercinda is 29 years old and is in a civil partnership. She is entrepreneurial and a fighter and has many dreams and wishes to fulfil.

She finished the third grade of primary school because her parents lacked the financial resources and couldn't afford to support her studies. It was her parents who taught her about the coffee-growing business: how to plant, prune, use fertilizers, harvest and use machinery in the cultivation process.

She is infinitely grateful to her parents for teaching her about this business because it has been her family's main source of income and currently, her own family's main source of support. Through her business she can cover basic needs such as food, clothing, prescription medicine etc. Her family is large and she has 7 children who are all either in school or college. They help her with domestic work when they get out of school and also sometimes help out in the fields. She works hard growing coffee with her partner so they can have a better life.

The land they cultivate is inherited and is located 150 metres from the family home, meaning that they can walk there, allowing them to always be available to take cares of the crops.

At the moment she is requesting a loan to buy fertilizer and compost to maintain her coffee crops because this will allow her to keep them healthy and free from diseases or insect damage.

Her dream is to put her children through university in the courses they choose because then everyday they can improve and it will afford them better opportunities in life. They can also improve their lifestyle, as they will inherit the land they work so they can create work for themselves and build up their own businesses.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christina Hewitt

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