A loan of $800 helped to buy fertilizer, compost and sprayer pumps to maintain her coffee planting.

Maria Esperanza's story

Maria Esperanza is a woman in a free union relationship from which she has a daughter who is a minor, barely four years old. Along with her partner, she works in agriculture, especially in cultivating and planting coffee. She has been doing this work for more than three years, since it was her parents who taught her to work in agriculture when she was very young, and this is the same work that her parents still carry out. She hasn't had any level of education, since the income that her parents obtained was very little. Now she and her husband support each other to advance, and their only daughter depends on this. Their coffee planting is three-and-a-half kilometers away, a distance that they must travel to maintain their coffee crop. The lands that she and her partner cultivate are their own, thanks to an inheritance from her parents.

Maria Esperanza is applying for help to buy fertilizer, compost, and spray pumps to maintain their coffee crop, since if they don't give it maintenance and care on time, it could be damaged by a rust disease that especially affects this type of crop.

She dreams of educating her daughter so that she can have a better quality of life and better opportunities for employment, since working the land is very hard and she doesn't want her daughter to go through the same situation that she went through in her youth.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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