A loan of $650 helped to purchase foliar fertilizers and fungicides to properly maintain his coffee crop.


Francisco's story

Francisco is a small producer in Nicaragua, who lives with his wife and 4 children on his 7 manzana (about 12.2 acres) estate. This season he will be sowing corn, beans, malanga coco (a root similar to taro) and coffee. He has 3 manzanas (5.2 acres) of coffee crops and in the last 3 loans he has garnered an average of 30 quintals (300 pounds) of parchment (pergamino) coffee. This crop generates 80% of their annual income, which is very important for him and his family. His goal is to increase the area of this crop with varieties that are resistant to pests and sickness.

For the 2013-2014 loan, Francisco is requesting a loan to purchase fungicides and foliar fertilizers which would enable him to properly maintain his coffee crop and increase it by least 50%. He is confident that with his work, effort and dedication to his estate, he will be able to improve his income and the living conditions for his family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alexandra Harbert



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