A loan of $1,075 helped to buy fertilisers, manure and pest-control substances to maintain her coffee plants.


Bacilia's story

Twenty-nine-year-old Bacilia is a plucky and enterprising young woman. She completed only the first three years of primary school but is grateful to her parents for supporting her through them. Bacilia has five children with her husband. The two oldest are in school, one is in nursery and the other two are too young for any school yet. Over three years ago, Bacilia''s husband taught her how to grow coffee as it is a source of income for the family. They sell their product to agents who came to the area and the couple describe their product as being of good quality and clean. The couple grow the coffee on their own land as it was left to them by Bacilia's husband's parents. The land is 50 metres from their home, so they can get there by foot. Bacilia is applying for a loan in order to buy fertilisers, manure and pest-control substances to maintain the coffee crop which has now been planted. Bacilia's plan for the future is to have a bigger coffee plantation that continues to be fruitful. She wants the crops to continue to support the family and for it to last for generations to come. Bacilia wants the crops to remain healthy as they are the only source of income for the family and can cover the costs of her child's education.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw



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