A loan of $525 helped to buy fertilizer and compost for her coffee plantations.

Emerita's story

Emérita, 29, is married and has four children. The family works together growing corn, beans and coffee. Emérita could not finish primary school; right after the fourth grade, she had to quit because her parents lacked the necessary resources. Since they had a low income, they had to prioritize buying food for the family.

Emérita’s parents taught her to work with agriculture, something she has been doing for ten years and still today represents her only source of income for supporting her family. The family inherited the land from her husband’s parents, something that has helped them a lot. It is located where they live, which makes it easy for them to take care of it. Their produce is sold by different middlemen that visit their community.

Emérita is requesting help to buy fertilizer and compost for her coffee plantations, in order to keep them free of plagues and diseases, which destroy entire plantations if not stopped on time. Her dream is to expand her crops and generate more income to reinvest in her coffee production, now that rising prices of the supplies she needs in order to obtain all the benefits from her plantations represent a challenge for her. It will also help her to provide her children with a better education and a better quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Santiago Mejía Dugand

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