A loan of $800 helped buy manure and fertilizer for her coffee plants.

Maria Santos's story

33-year old Sra. María is hardworking and entrepreneurial. She is very keen to get on in life despite the difficulties that exist in the country. She is married and has five children; her eldest daughter will graduate this year as a computer technician, her second oldest only stayed in school to grade 3, the next two are in primary school, and the youngest is too small to go to school. María herself did not complete primary education; she only attended up to grade 3. She couldn’t continue her studies as her parents were poor and couldn’t support her.

It was her parents who taught her how to grow coffee, and today she and her husband earn their living this way. They are grateful to God for the land that they cultivate since it is their own, thanks to her husband’s parents who gave it to them. The land is located 50 metres from their house so it is easy for them to look after it.

Today María is seeking a loan to buy manure and fertilizer for the coffee plants so that she will be able to have a successful and healthy crop of coffee beans.

María’s dream is to see her crop as the best in the area so that she can receive more income from it. Selling quality beans will help her pay for her children’s education, daily food, and the other necessities of life.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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