A loan of $1,425 helped to buy agricultural inputs.


Irma Marleny's story

Irma, 35, is married and the mother of four children, who all live together as a family. Three of them are in different grades in elementary school and the oldest is in secondary school. Irma only studied up to sixth grade. She has been a farmer since she was a baby; her parents have been farmers for generations, and she's no exception.

As a family they perform the different tasks on their coffee crops, such as weeding, harvesting the fruit at the end of the season, applying soil amendments and fertilizer, and so on. This work has been her parents' income and they continue doing it currently for Irma's family. Irma's customers are various stores and the intermediaries who come to the area looking for products.

Currently Irma's requesting help to buy agricultural inputs and soil amendments as technical assistance for her coffee crop because the cutting season is almost here. Her goal is to take the greatest advantage of it so she'll have a better harvest and better profits to reinvest and satisfy her commitment.

Her plans for the future are to grow a variety of products so she's more attractive to her customers and to be able to export her crop abroad someday. This will improve her profits for her family and she'll be able to fulfill her children's dreams and continue supporting them in their studies.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall



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