A loan of $750 helped to buy agricultural inputs and certified coffee seeds to grow.

Teresa De Jesus's story

Teresa de Jesús is 44 years old and left education after primary school. She was unable to continue with her studies as her parents couldn't support her. She was also the oldest of her siblings and had to help look after the younger ones. Her husband only studied until the third grade, and then because of the financial problems his parents had, he wasn't able to continue.

Teresa is responsible for looking after her coffee crop business as well as a small grocery store she has at home. She is given advice by her husband, who makes a living growing maize and beans. They have six children who live with them. The eldest is 19 and is about to graduate as a mechanic from a local technical college. The second oldest is 17 and only studied the basic level, because he didn't want to keep studying, preferring to help his parents with their businesses. The third is 13 and isn't studying, and the fourth is 10 and is in the fourth grade in a local school. The fifth is 9 and is in the third grade, and the youngest is 7, is in the first grad, and is studying in the same school as her older siblings.

They inherited the land that they farm, which is located in the same place as their home. Teresa de Jesús dreams of buying a plot of land to grow more crops so as to leave her children an inheritance with which they can look after themselves, and to support them in their education, since she was unable to study, so that they are successful in life. This is why he has requested a loan to buy 3 quintals of urea, 3 quintals of 12-24-12 fertilizer, 2 bags of fertilizer, 3 litres of herbicides, 3 litres of pesticide and 11 quintals of raw coffee to grow.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Chloe Pilpel

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