A loan of $625 helped to buy fertilizer and fumigacíon "bombs" to maintain her coffee crop.


Erika Siomara's story

Erika is a 22 year old woman who is in a civil union and has 2 children of which the eldest is 5 years old and is about to enter his first year at elementary school and the youngest is 16 months old. Along with her husband, she works in agriculture, especially in the cultivation of coffee. She has been doing this since her youth as her family have been coffee farmers for a long time. Her parents taught her how to do this work, which she keeps doing today. She studied up to the 5th grade of elementary school but could not keep studying because her parents' income was very low. Currently, she and her husband are mutual support for one another to be successful as their 2 children are dependent on them and they have many plans for them. Erika is requesting help to buy fertilizer and fumigation "bombs" to maintain her coffee crop as, if she does not care for the crop, it may be damaged by the rust fungus that particularly affects this sort of crop. She dreams of raising her two children so that they can have a better quality of life, better employment opportunities (as working the land is very onerous and there is so much environmental contamination and a lack of materials to care for it, and the income is small.) But, in this way she will be able to prepare and strengthen her crop and have an excellent harvest and build a heritage for her children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alison Hynd



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