A loan of $3,975 helped a member to purchase manure, fungicides, fertilizers, and to cover labour costs for the maintenance of the coffee plantation.

Las Crucitas Group's story

Ubaldo is 54 years old, married, has six children and lives in the town of Naranjito, Santa Bárbara. He has worked for 30 years in farming corn and beans and his main activity is in coffee cultivation. He keeps his crops close to home and the produce is sold in the same area. He has had four cycles of ODEF loans. The current loan is 10,000 lempiras, and will be used in order to purchase fertilizers, manure, fungicides and to pay for labour costs for the maintenance of crops such as staple grains and coffee. His goal is to keep going, to keep working day by day, and to be able to leave something for his family so that they are able to work. Ubaldo has requested a group loan. The group is called Las Crucitas and consists of 10 members living in the same community who work in agriculture. In the photo the group members are as follows: on the left is Emar, Aly in the brown shirt, Orvin in the striped green shirt, Victor in the blue shirt, next Marvin and Elvin, Ubaldo in the checkered long-sleeve white shirt, German, Jose and finally Samuel on the right in the salmon-coloured shirt. The group loan is for 81,000 Lempiras and they will use it to purchase fertilizer, manure and to pay for the cleaning of the coffee farm.

In this group: Ubaldo, Orvin Alexi, Elvin Dario, Aly Rolando, German, Jose Erasmo, Victor Arnoldo, Marvin Francisco, Samuel, Emar Otoniel

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alan Jones

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