A loan of $750 helped to buy agricultural supplies and to be able to provide assistance for her coffee crops.

Maria Catalina's story

María fully completed primary education. She is grateful to her parents for the support and efforts they made that made it possible for her to get a basic education. Together with her husband, she works in agriculture, growing coffee. They have a very large family, with 7 children. However, only two live with them in the family home, along with one grandchild. They are the only members of the family who work in the fields. Her husband taught her how to do this work and how to carry out the different activities required, such as harvesting, spreading manure, applying fungicides and herbicides, and weeding, etc. They went to great lengths and worked hard to acquire the land that they work as a family. There have been challenges along the way, such as low prices and heavy rains (climate conditions). Competition is not a difficulty in this sector. Their land is 50 metres from the family home.

María's plans and dreams are to ensure that the technical assistance needed to make her crops more productive is carried out, so as to maintain an income for her family. Her dream as a mother is to provide a better quality of life for her two children and grandchild. She also hopes to reinvest the her earnings in order to increase the size of the land she farms.

On this occasion she has requested finance from the cooperative COMIXMUL to buy agricultural supplies, such as manure, coffee fertiliser and fungicides etc., which will help make her dreams and plans a reality.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Suzanne Carey

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