A loan of $1,425 helped to buy agricultural supplies for the cultivation of coffee.

Rosa Meri's story

Rosa is an entrepreneurial woman and a fighter. She is 43 years old and married with eight children, of which four recently moved to Spain. The other four children live with her. Two of them are in high school and help her with various activities such as cleaning, cutting, fertilizing, fumigating, etc., after completing their academic activities.

Rosa completed her primary education through sixth grade, when she had to stop studying due to the lack of economic support from her parents. Her parents taught her how to cultivate coffee, an activity practiced by her family for many generations, which she continues today with her husband. The land which they cultivate is their own property, thanks to their effort and commitment to restrict themselves from many things to avoid renting.

Presently, she is seeking help to buy compost, fertilizers and other inputs that help prevent crop diseases such as rust and other pests which deteriorate the quality of the product. In this way she will be able to give better and more secure maintenance of her crops.

Her future plan is to have a large plantation offering variety to her customers and all those who consume her products, to generate more income which will strengthen the inheritance left to her children and grandchildren, who will continue to work the land from generation to generation.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Carrie N.

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