A loan of $1,500 helped to purchase fertilizers, soil amendments, and pumps for fumigating her coffee crops.


Maria Carmen's story

María is a 44-year-old woman who is in a common-law marriage. She is the mother of seven children, of whom four are in school; the rest are now living independently from the family. One is 17 years old and in the third year of secondary school. Another, who is 15 years old, is in the second year of secondary school. The 12-year-old is in the sixth grade of primary school, and the youngest, who is 10 years old, is in the fourth grade of primary school. They help her with the coffee farming by weeding, fertilizing, and harvesting. The land that she cultivates was inherited from her parents, so she works together with her family trying every day to improve their quality of life and income. She has been earning her living in this business for more than twenty years; it was instilled in her by her parents starting at a very young age. The land that she farms is located at a distance of about two kilometers from her house, so she travels to it on foot every day. Currently, she is requesting help in order to purchase fertilizers, soil amendments, and pumps for fumigating her crops; this will prevent her crops from being contaminated, which would cause her to lose her entire harvest. Her wish is to improve her quality of life and that of her children through education; the objective for this loan request is for her to be able to purchase supplies to keep her crop free of disease, thereby obtaining greater profits and better income for her family, enabling her to cover her children's educational expenses.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Holly Torpey



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