A loan of $1,250 helped to buy agricultural inputs.

Maria Cruz's story

Maria, 43, is a homemaker and farmer. She's the mother of nine children who help each other get ahead, as in any big family. The family business is growing and selling coffee. She and her live-in companion have done this work for more than 30 years.

Through her own interest she decided to learn to farm with her parents, who have farmed their entire lives. Her customers are neighbors and intermediaries who come to or live in the area where she lives. She also sells in the local market and in nearby places.

The land that she and her husband and their children farm is her own. She acquired it thanks to one of her customers, who facilitated the sale. It's located in the same place where their house is built.

Currently she needs some economic support to buy inputs to protect her coffee crop, which she'll sell. At the end of the harvest she plans to sell the beans and earn income to re-invest in her crops.

Her plans and dreams for the future are to buy more land to be able to continue growing coffee and offer a better variety, such as caturra and lempira beans, which are competitive products in the market and more attractive for her customers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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