A loan of $1,250 helped to purchase agricultural supplies for her coffee crops.

Ludis Analy's story

Doña Ludis is a 30-year-old farmer who also, with the help of her partner, cares for her five children. She believes that it's never too late to study and learn, so she's currently studying at a sixth grade level because she didn't have the chance to go to school as a child.

Doña Ludis' children are, from oldest to youngest: a daughter who is in her second year at a high school that she attends in a nearby town, a 13-year-old daughter in sixth grade in a local school, an 11-year-old son in the fourth grade, an eight-year-old boy in second grade, and a three-year-old daughter. All of the children live with Doña Ludis.

Doña Ludis is a farmer who grows coffee, as well as corn and beans, although those two crops are only for the family's consumption. Doña Ludis' parents taught her to farm when she was very young, sharing with her a lifetime of experience. The family owns its the land it farms, having acquired it through years of hard work and dedication. After the harvest, Doña Ludis sells her crops to wholesalers who travel through the region purchasing high-quality produce at reasonable prices.

Doña Ludis' long-term goal is to earn first a high school diploma and then a university degree. Higher education will make her children proud of her; they'll see that she's a role model for them and that they can also achieve professional careers for themselves.

These aspirations are the motivations for Doña Ludis and her partner to strive diligently each day. Their goals are also the reason she is applying for a loan that she'll use to purchase eight quintales of urea, and eight quintales each of 12-24-12 and 18-26-0 fertilizers to cultivate and sustain her coffee crop.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Stephen Volante

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