A loan of $500 helped to purchase agricultural input items and tend her coffee plants.

Sara Yaneth's story

Sara is 34 years old, and she makes a living farming coffee. She has three children, one of whom is married and grown up and two of whom still depend on her. Her two younger children are 14 years old and 12 years old. The 14-year-old helps with the family farming operation, and the 12-year-old is currently in school. Sara learned various farming techniques from her husband, and they now work together to plant, prune, clean, fertilize and water their land and coffee crops. Since they do not have a car, Sara and her husband have to walk an hour daily just to reach their coffee plants. When they have harvested the coffee beans, they sell them to nearby storehouses and neighbors.

With the support from this loan, Sara plans to purchase agricultural inputs for tending her coffee plants. She hopes that this investment will increase the health of her crops and allow her to offer higher quality coffee beans to clients. Her goals include expanding and strengthening her business and improving her family's quality of life. She plans to reinvest her profits in her farming operation in hopes of increasing the value of her land and crops for the benefit of her children and future generations.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gillian Goodrich

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