A loan of $1,425 helped to buy urea, manure, herbicide, fertilizer and other agricultural supplies to protect her coffee crop.


Maria Catalina's story

Maria Catalina is 59 years old and is the mother of seven children, all of whom work. Three of Maria’s children and one grandchild live with her. Her grandson goes to school, and he helps with various jobs in the fields after he comes home for the day.

Maria learned to work the land with her husband more than five years ago. Sadly, he died a few years ago. Her customers are coffee buyers who come to the area in search of a high-quality product. She says her coffee is some of the most sought-after in the area because of the careful, hygienic and transparent method she uses to harvest the crop, and the products she uses for maintenance. Maria’s fields are five minutes from her home, and she travels there with her children to do the various jobs to maintain the crop such as applying manure, fertilizers, fungicides and herbicides.

Maria says that her plan for the future is to buy more land to plant a larger coffee crop. She hopes to increase her income. Maria says that she dreams of being the best coffee producer in the area. Her goal is to see her product exported from the country while she is still alive, which she says will strengthen her children’s and grandchildren’s legacy.

Maria is requesting this loan from Kiva and the field partner to buy urea, manure, herbicide, fertilizer and other agricultural supplies to protect her coffee crop.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Graham Robinson



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