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

Elsa Lidia's story

Elsa is 51 years old, married and the mother of 9 children. She is a farmer and homemaker with a primary school level of education having completed the fifth grade since the financial resources of support by her parents didn’t allow any further. She has 9 children but only 4 live with them. The 5 older children already have their own homes and two of them send her remittances as they decided to emigrate to the United States. Of the four that live with her the oldest is 20 years old and was only able to attend school up to the fifth grade. The second is 18 years old and attended primary school but was not able to begin high school due to a lack of resources. They both work with their father. The third son is 16 years old and is finishing the first year of the cycle and the fourth is a girl of 11 years who is in the fourth grade. In the company of her children and her husband she works in agriculture, especially in the cultivation of coffee which is located near their house. The product at the end of each harvest is sold to an intermediary of the community who is engaged in the buying and selling of coffee.

She has requested a loan with which she will purchase 3 quintals of urea, 3 quintals of 12-24-12 formula, 2 sacks of fertilizers, 3 liters of herbicides, 3 liters of pesticides with which she will be able to give technical assistance to her coffee crops, protecting them from pests, etc.

She dreams of being able to give her children who are still studying the opportunity that she couldn’t give to her older children, supporting them in everything that is necessary so that they can finish their studies and become professionals.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Melanie Snellings

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