A loan of $1,425 helped to buy fertilizers, urea, etc. for her coffee plants.

Antonia Elizabeth's story

Antonia is 27 years old and has a partner and two children. For the past eight years she has been working in agriculture, and her speciality is growing coffee plants. She learned this trade from her partner and her parents, who have been farmers all their lives. She was able to complete her primary school education thanks to her parents' support. Growing coffee is a delicate business, and an entire crop can be lost if the appropriate supplies aren't applied on time.

For this reason, she has applied for financial assistance from the COMIXMUL cooperative, which which she plans to use to purchase 12 quintals of fertilizer, 12 quintals of urea, and 10 quintals of coffee formula, among other products, to assure the health of her plants for the next harvest.

Her long-term goals are to buy more land to increase coffee production, plant a more competitive variety of coffee, and improve the technology used for her crops. Her dream is to increase profits so that she can give her family a better quality of life and her children better opportunities in education than she had growing up, and would like to one day send them to university so that they can be successful.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alison Maddox

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