A loan of $500 helped to buy supplies for maintenance of her coffee crop.

Martha Lidia's story

Martha, 33, is a homemaker and farmer, and the mother of five children, four of whom are in different grades of elementary school. After school they help their parents with the farm work that does not require physical effort. Martha and her husband have been in this business for over ten years and it was through her own interest that she decided to learn how to farm the land. She and her husband own the land they bought from one of their customers. It is about a 30-minute walk from their house.

Martha currently is in need of financial support to buy farm supplies to protect her coffee crop. At harvest time she plans to sell the beans and obtain enough income to re-invest in her crop.

Her future plans include buying more land to continue growing coffee and offering a better variety such as "caturra", "lempira", etc., which are competitive products on the market and more attractive to customers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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