A loan of $750 helped to buy fertilizer.

Lucenia Antonia's story

Lucenia is married and has a sixth grade education. Her husband is a farmer like her. They have five children, with the oldest being 18. He is a graduate of the automotive technical collage and helps them with their business. He also works as a mechanic and helps them with their household expenses. The next oldest is 16 years old and finishing the third year of high school in a nearby community. The third is 14 years old and is finishing the second year of high school. The next is 12 years old and finishing elementary school. The youngest is 7 and in first grade. He lives with them.

She learned this when she was very young, since her family has been doing this for generations and now she does this with her husband. She sells her harvests to intermediaries who visit her community. Her crops are located about two km from her home, although a small portion of them are in the same community. The whole family pitches in, so they are able to avoid the cost of hiring a lot of people.

She is asking for a loan to buy 4QQ of urea, 4 QQ of formula 12-24-12, and 18-46-0 for her coffee crops.

One of her goals is to build an avian farm so that the people from the nearby surrounding areas will buy from her. She believes that she will accomplish this by offering good quality products at good prices, so that the income stays within the community, creating more jobs, and improving her income so she can be a better parent.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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