A loan of $750 helped to buy agricultural supplies for her coffee crops.

Sandra Elizabeth's story

Sandra is a farmer and housewife, the mother of 5 children, all of them living at home. Two of them are attending school and one of the remaining three helps with the work in the fields. With only 4 years of primary education, Sandra struggles daily, together with her husband, so that the children do not suffer the same situation that she suffered in her youth. She supports them as much as she is able and provides the essentials so that they do not lack anything.

She has worked growing coffee, corn and beans since she was very young and she has a lot of experience in the cultivation of these products. The land that she, her husband and their son work is their own, part of it received as an inheritance. Another part, located a 30 minute walk away, is purchased and worked only by herself and her family.

Her goals and dreams are to give her children a good education, which is the best tool they can have for a good future. It is for this that she works every day. Presently, she has requested financing from the COMIXMUL cooperative in order to buy 45 cans of Pergamino coffee, 13 quintals (about 1300 lbs) of urea, and 5 quintals (about 500 lbs) of 12-24-12 fertilizer in order to provide high quality and sufficient maintenance to her coffee crops, since the family income depends on this activity.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Dechert

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