A loan of $1,350 helped buy fertilizer and other supplies for her coffee plants.

Maria Erlinda's story

María Erlinda is a 33-year old woman, married with three school-aged children. A niece also lives with the family and helps with household and farm chores just like the rest of her children. Ever since she was a young girl María has helped in the fields, continuing a family tradition passed down through the generations. Her parents taught her about farming while she was still a child.

The land that María and her family farm came to her through an inheritance and money that remained after reinvesting in their coffee crop. It is located about 45 minutes from their house by vehicle, a journey they make daily.

María is seeking a loan to buy fertilizer and other supplies to improve their crops and ensure they have a viable harvest to sell. Her goal is to have the best harvest in the area so as to attract customers and sell all that is produced. Her dreams are to help her children get ahead by providing them with a good education so they can overcome easily and safely the challenges in their lives.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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