A loan of $1,075 helped to buy manure and fertilizers for her coffee crops.

Digna Mercedes's story

Digna is a young woman of 33. She lives with her partner and is the mother of five children who are still dependent. The family live in their own home. Digna completed her primary education thanks to the efforts and determination of her parents who wanted her to have a basic education. However, she was not able to continue her education as her family did not have enough money. Digna has a lot of farming experience as she has been growing bananas, coffee, plantains, beans, corn etc. for 20 years. Her customers are different buyers who come to her area, as well as neighbors and friends who know that she grows good quality produce. Digna and her partner own the lands that they sow as they worked hard for many years to buy them. They are located 500 meters from their home and they travel there on foot.

Digna is currently requesting help to buy manure and fertilizers with which to maintain her crops. This support will enable her to protect her coffee plants as it will help to keep them safer from pests and other problems.

Digna's dream is to keep improving her crops so that she can improve her harvests a little more in terms of both variety and quality. She would also like to make some improvements to her home. However, her priority is her children and it is for them that she works so hard, so that she can pay for their education and other necessities that arise every day.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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