A loan of $775 helped to buy fertilizer to perform maintenance on her coffee plants.

Gilma Yamileth's story

Gilma, 39 years old, is a determined, enterprising woman who is thankful to God. She has a great desire to improve and to move forward. She is a married mother of two dependent children. They both study in primary school. Gilma completed school through 4th grade but then couldn't continue due to the lack of financial help. Her parents did not make much income and were unable to help her. Since she was a young girl, Gilma has worked by cultivating coffee, which her family still does today. Her parents taught her how to work the land over 20 years ago. This work continues to be her parents' only form of income. The land that Gilma uses was inherited from her father so she could work and earn income for her household. The land is two kilometers away from her home so she walks there every day.

Currently, she is requesting help to buy fertilizer to perform maintenance on her coffee plants so that there will be a healthy and profitable harvest. This will allow her to earn income, make a profit, and continue investing in her crop.

Her dream is to expand her coffee crop over time, giving her children the opportunity to get a university education and prepare for a professional career. This will help them to succeed and grow as individuals in an environment where they can easily adapt.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Polenske

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