A loan of $625 helped to buy inputs to grow her coffee crops.

Gladis Ondina's story

Gladis is 37 years old, and she is a farmer and housekeeper. She is the mother of four children, three of whom live with her and are in school. The oldest no longer lives at home. She completed primary education. Her partner is her only support for the different farming activities. He works in a "maquila" [a manufacturing operations free-trade zone] as a sewing operator.

At a very young age, Gladis started to learn all of the different farming activities related to caring for and growing coffee. Her parents began to teach her to farm when she was young because it is a family tradition. The land where she works along with her children and partner is their own, thanks to an inheritance from her parents. They bought the other part of land, and it is located an hour's walk way. They invest time in cutting and collecting beans as a family.

Gladis's dreams are to become one of the best coffee producers of her region, to be able to export her product to other countries, and to generate employment and income for her family and her household. As a mother, she wants to give her children an excellent education up to a high level, with which they will be able to deal with problems well and be someone in their lives. For this reason, she asked for a loan from the COMIXMUL co-operative, in order to buy agricultural inputs. These will help her to grow her coffee crops and nurseries, and to develop quality seeds for the final purchasers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Aesclinn Donohue

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