A loan of $825 helped to buy supplies and pay labor for maintaining his coffee crop.

Lorenzo's story

Lorenzo is a Nicaraguan farmer with a 105-hectare farm, of which 10 are coffee. He started his farm with his wife 15 years ago. On it, he grows staple grains, bananas/plantains, and taro, and he also raises milk cows. His two children, aged 12 and 19, are students.

In the last 3 cycles, this farmer has obtained an average coffee harvest of 5000 pounds of green coffee beans. During the year he creates about 15 temporary jobs in his community. The activity he likes most is when the coffee is harvested, because it is at this time when he creates more work, and he feels that in this way he can help other families in his community.

For this cycle, Lorenzo is asking for a loan that will allow him to buy supplies and cover part of the manual labor that he needs for his coffee maintenance activities. His goal is for his farm to be a model for others because of the management of its coffee crop and its high yields, and he continues to work on it.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Karen Monat

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