A loan of $1,475 helped to purchase certified seeds, fertilizer, compost, pesticide and a spray pump in order to grow coffee.

Domitila's story

Domitila is a hard-working, enterprising woman who's 60 years old. Despite her age, she doesn't stop dreaming big. She completed her education up to the third grade of elementary school and wasn't able to continue because her parents couldn't support her due to a lack of money. She's married and grows coffee alongside her husband and children. This was her parents' means of livelihood and nowadays it's her family's. She has gotten a great deal of experience, because her parents taught her to do farming work when she was very young and she has done that alongside her family for over 40 years. Her customers are middlemen who come to the area, neighbors and other people who sell produce such as coffee. They own the land where they sow. They acquired it with a lot of effort and a lot of work, by saving money and cutting down on several things so they could have a place to sow without having to rent.

She's currently requesting help in order to purchase certified seeds, fertilizer, compost, pesticide and a spray pump so that she can grow a bit more coffee. This will increase her profits due to the amount of coffee that will be grown.

Her plan for the future is to own a large coffee farm which may continue to provide them with blessings and a livelihood for her family. She also hopes that it may be passed down from generation to generation by her children, her grandchildren and the generations to come, as it has been done until now, therefore becoming a family heritage.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Renata Wolff

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