A loan of $1,500 helped to buy fertilizer, soil amendments, pesticide, and a fumigation bomb.

Octavila's story

Octavila, 71, is an enterprising woman who strives and doesn't stop dreaming big despite her age. A retired teacher, she's single and has grown children, all with their families and away from home.

She has made a living in agriculture for many years because this work was her means of support for her family and it continues being hers today. She has the help of her children, who help maintain her coffee crops with pruning, weeding, cutting, and fertilizing.

She markets and sells her product around her home to some neighbors, people who sell it retail in the local market. Her crops are located 30 minutes from her house; she gets there in her own vehicle.

Octavila's requesting help to be able to buy fertilizer, soil amendments, pesticide, and a fumigation bomb for her coffee crop. These products are expensive these days and the harmful roya fungus contaminates and damages an entire crop if not treated in time.

Her future plans are to have an extensive coffee farm that will continue to be a blessing that can support her family and be worked through the generations by her children, grandchildren, and the next generations, just as up to the present it is becoming a family asset.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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