A loan of $1,475 helped to buy organic and chemical fertilizers for her coffee crops.


Maria Guadalupe's story

Maria is a 36 year-old woman who is tenacious and who has a strong desire to succeed. She is married, and is the mother of 5 children. Her oldest has finished elementary school, the next two are in different grades of elementary school, and the youngest two are not yet old enough to attend school. Maria did not attend school at all, because her parents were poor and could not help her. They were the ones who taught her to farm from the time that she was very young, because it has been a tradition in her family going back to her grandparents to cultivate coffee.

Maria has a lot of experience, as she's been growing coffee for more than 8 years. She and her husband own the land that they work together, because they inherited it from her husband's parents. Their land is located 50 meters from their house. Maria, her husband, and their children walk to the fields each day to care for their crops and make their land productive.

Maria is requesting help to buy organic and chemical fertilizers for her coffee crops, because with these products she will be assured of a good harvest, and she will avoid the pests and crop diseases such as the Roya fungus. Maria's dream is to make her farm more productive, because in this way she will be able to ensure the future of her children by saving for their education, so that they will have a better living standard and more income once they graduate from the university.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar



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