A loan of $1,000 helped buy farming supplies for her coffee plants.

Maria Carmen's story

Despite her 64 years of age, Sra. Mirian has not stopped dreaming big, of seeing in a not-too-distant future her coffee fields in better condition and the best producers in the area. She is married with eight children, five of whom are married and live independently. The remaining three live with Mirian and their father and attend secondary school. They also help in the fields with various activities such as spreading fertilizer and manure, leaf applications, weeding etc. to keep them well maintained. Three grandchildren also live with Miriam.

She has seven years of education and attended a nearby school. She has been a housewife and farmer for more than thirty years as it was through her husband that she learned about farming. Agriculture is the only means of earning a living in the area where she lives.

As well Mirian has a small grocery store in her house and a mill for grinding maize. The land where she farms is her own; after many years of effort they were able to buy it. It is located thirty minutes from the house, and on it she grows a variety of coffee plants. She and her husband thank God for this great privilege and opportunity in spite of the challenges that this type of farming brings on a daily basis.

Mirian’s plans for the future include continuing to expand the farm by buying more land. This will enable her to leave her children a good inheritance so they can continue working the land for generations, a great blessing.

Today Mirian is seeking a loan to buy farming supplies such as manure, plant fertilizer, special feed for coffee plants, fungicide, herbicide etc. to provide protection for the plants.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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