A loan of $1,500 helped to buy fertilizer, manure and spraying equipment for her coffee crops.

Maria Argentina's story

María is a 24-year-old young woman. She is very hardworking and dreams of success. María is a single mother (widowed) and has two small children. Her oldest is in kindergarten and the youngest is 18 months old. Both are completely dependent on her. María's husband died a year ago in a bus accident. Thanks to both her and her late husband's hard work, María owns the land she lives and works on.

María has an elementary school education, which was hard for her to finish. Because of financial hardships, she was not able to continue on to high school. Her parents taught her to grow coffee when she was very young. She learned from them how to clean, prune, and fertilize coffee crops. María's coffee plants are located 50 meters away from her house. She walks over daily to tend to them along with her parents and in-laws.

María is requesting a loan in order to buy fertilizer, manure, and spraying equipment for her coffee crops because with these supplies with she will be able to protect her crops from plagues and bugs that eat away at them. Her dream is that her crops become the best around so that her earnings will increase and help her to pay for her children's education. She hopes her children have a better quality of life, better job opportunities, and that they inherit the land that she works currently.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Craven

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