A loan of $1,500 helped to purchase fertilizers and manure to nurture her coffee crop.

Maria Isabel's story

Fifty-five year-old Maria Isabel is a determined woman with an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire for self-improvement and success. She is a single mother and has a son of legal age. He works for a private company and helps her with the household expenses because they live together. On weekends he also assists in the agricultural work; cleaning, fertilizing, fumigating and collecting the harvest. Maria has 12 years of education and she currently works as a secretary in the court house in her district.

Being of the mindset that jobs are never permanent, she decided to buy some land a few years ago to cultivate coffee. She sells the coffee in her district on a small scale to neighbours, relatives, friends and some purchasers who come to the district. Her parents taught her how to perform this activity in her youth and she has been doing it for more than 20 years. Nowadays she has her own way of doing things.

She is currently requesting help to buy fertilizers and manure to nurture her coffee crop so that there will be a healthy and bountiful harvest to make a good profit. She will be able to reinvest the profit she makes into the same crop.

Her short-term goals are to save money to be able to work in her own way to increase her crops and to begin dedicating more time to this work to strengthen her family's estate which will be inherited by her son, who is currently the only one who helps her.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Huras

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