A loan of $1,425 helped to buy supplies in order to maintain her coffee crops.

Evelyn Xiomara's story

Evelyn is forty-three years old, and is a farmer and homemaker. She is also the mother of two children, and they are both in school and studying in different grades. Her husband died a while ago, which has made it more difficult and tiring, yet not impossible, to be able to give her children everything that they need.

Evelyn could only study until the third grade. The support she received from her parents during her youth was not the best, and her parents' financial situation allowed them to cover only the home expenses. However, she is grateful to them for their efforts to ensure that she could at least begin her studies.

She makes a living performing domestic chores, and she also has a small parcel of land where she cultivates her coffee crops. She learned this practice when she was very young, thanks to her parents who were farmers. Her family members are farmers through generation and tradition. Evelyn's greatest challenge is not the competition she faces, but the need for an excellent production and coffee crop at the moment of the harvest. This allows her to be able to generate an income for her family and home.

Today, she is requesting financing so that she is able to give better and greater maintenance to her coffee crops. She will buy 14 quintals of a specialized coffee fertilizer, 8 quintals of growth fertilizer, 12 quintals of a specific 18-46-0 formula fertilizer, and 9 quintals of urea.

Her goals and plans for the future are to buy more land while she can, cultivate more coffee, and little by little, build up the inheritance so that her children have land where they can work, build their homes, and face economic difficulties in a favorable manner.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christina Mellace

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