A loan of $1,050 helped to purchase fertilizer and weed-killers for her coffee crops.


Marina's story

Marina is 46 years old. She is a very strong woman, and she is eager to improve herself and get ahead. She is a single mother and has one son. She completed her primary education and is grateful to God and to her parents for giving her the opportunity of going to school and acquiring basic knowledge. Her parents were the ones, along with her older siblings, who taught her the business of farming at a very young age. They taught her how to trim, clean, and fertilize the crops. This has been her family's only source of income for a long time. Currently that is still the case and they are able to cover their needs: clothing, food, medications, and other items. Her customers are the people who come to the area: neighbors, friends, and family members who work selling this product. Currently she is requesting help to buy fertilizers and weed-killers for her coffee crops, since now days there are a lot of pests and diseases that deteriorate entire crops and everything can be lost unless treated in time. Her dream is for her son to be able to have an education so that he can have a higher quality of life, a better future, and make the most of the opportunities that may arise in the future. She also wants to continue increasing her crops in order to obtain a higher income, because her family depends on this business to get ahead.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mariana Sanchis



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