A loan of $1,425 helped to buy agricultural supplies to provide maintenance to her coffee crops.


Maria Consuelo's story

María Consuelo, age 29, has four years of primary school education. She is a merchant and a farmer, and she has one minor child. She and her husband plant and grow coffee. The coffee is later sold at the local market, and this is one more source of income for her family and her household. She learned the different jobs about growing coffee four years ago. Her husband is the one who taught her how to work the land. She is also a merchant when she is not in the field. As another source of income for her family, she sells candy at a stall in the local school. Her customers are the children at the school and the teachers at the institution. Her coffee crops are located 100 meters from her house. She travels by foot in order to provide maintenance and care to her coffee crops. Her dream is to be able to see her son become a professional by studying for a university degree. This will provide benefits to her life and her family. She also dreams of being able to buy more land in order to be able to extend her coffee crops and strengthen the family heritage. She is now requesting a loan in order to be able to invest in her coffee crops. She will buy supplies like organic and chemical fertilizers, leaf pesticides, and coffee-growing formula.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish



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