A loan of $1,425 helped to buy agricultural inputs.

Maria De Jesus's story

María de Jesús is a homemaker and farmer, a strong woman who strives to improve herself in life. Above all she's grateful to God for all the daily blessings she and her family have. She completed elementary school.

She and her husband have made a living in agriculture growing coffee for more than 10 years. She learned it from her parents, who have been farmers their entire lives. They have three children but only one lives with them because the others are independent. They acquired the land they farm from her parents and her in-laws.

Her challenges are the decline in prices and the climate factor of heavy rains, because in this line of work competition isn't a problem. Her fields are located about 200 meters from her house, and they walk there. Her husband, her children, and she are all involved as a family.

Her plan and dream as a mother is to continue investing in her coffee crop so each season will be more productive. This way she can give her daughter a better quality of life. She dreams of buying more land to continue growing, because her goal is to invest her profits in the same area.

Currently María de Jesús is asking the COMIXMUL cooperative for a loan to help her buy 8 bags of 18-46-0 soil amendments, 10 bags of urea, 8 bags of coffee formula, and other necessary supplies to maintain her coffee crop and make it more productive and secure for the season.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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