A loan of $775 helped to purchase fertilizer and manure for her coffee crops.

Maria Magdalena's story

María is a 37-year-old, fighting, enterprising woman who is married and has four children, all of whom live under the same roof and depend on her. Three of the children are in different grades of elementary school, and the youngest only went until the sixth grade before helping the family grow coffee. María went to school for a year but didn't complete it because of a lack of economic resources for her parents, who were poor. It was them who taught her how to work off the land since she was very young, and this activity has been the only source of income for the family. She has never stopped working, and now she has done the activity alongside her husband for more than eight years. She sells her products to agents who come to the area to make their purchases, and the land that they work on is their own thanks to an inheritance left by her in-laws for her husband. The land is located 500 meters from their home, and she and her husband walk there daily. She is requesting the loan to purchase fertilizers, manure and other products to keep her crops free of plagues and diseases. Her dream is to expand her crops so she can earn more income to help her children with their education, so that they have a better quality of life and can be prepared to go to college so they can go through life with the benefit of a degree.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein

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