A loan of $775 helped to buy fertilizers, manure, pesticides, and a spraying pump for her coffee crop.


Marina's story

Marina is a happy, hardworking, and entrepreneurial woman, and despite her 51 years, she hasn’t stopped dreaming big. She didn’t have the opportunity to study because her parents didn’t have much money and they couldn’t help her. She is married and has 5 children who all work in agriculture. The oldest is married and the other 4 live with her. The youngest is studying in school. She learned this activity more than 18 years ago, taught by her parents. She sells her product near her home to neighbors, people who sell on a small scale in the local market, and others. This business has worked for them for a long time and it is their only income for the family, covering their basic necessities, such as food, clothing, medicines, etc. Their crop is located 50 meters from their house, and they go there everyday. This allows them to give their crop better maintenance and protection. The land that they work is their own, thanks to an inheritance from her in-laws.

Marina is requesting help to buy fertilizers, manure, pesticides, and a spraying pump for their coffee crop. These types of products are expensive nowadays, and the roya, which is a [fungal] disease that affects the coffee plants if they aren’t treated in time, could contaminate the crop and they could lose the entire harvest.

Her dream for the future is to have a large coffee farm, one that could continue giving them blessings, a source of income for the family, and that could be worked from generation to generation by her children and her grandchildren; they could make good use of her and her husband’s hard work and dedication.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jennifer Day



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