A loan of $475 helped to buy supplies for growing coffee.

Juán Luis's story

Juán Luis is 33 years old and married. He lives with his spouse, who is his greatest priority. With this loan, he plans to buy fungicides and adequate fertilizers to grow coffee, as well as pay his hired help for their labor on the plantation. He also plans to buy some high quality young plants to replant at the beginning of the rainy season. Juán Luis's goal is to increase the density of plants in the area, as well as to take advantage of the fertile soil and weather conditions that are good for growing coffee. With these improvements to his cultivation, he hopes to obtain some earnings and therefore improve his family’s living conditions. Juán Luis also hopes to invest a little more in his fields and achieve some of his goals. This is the first loan he has received from FUDECOSUR. Juán Luis has not had other loans before from state banks, but FUDECOSUR has offered him a loan with greater support and much lower interest rates.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Dahlberg

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