A loan of $275 helped to buy fertilizer, foliar sprays, urea and more to help with the coffee crops.

Erika Yamileth's story

Erika is 33 years old. She is a woman with a lot of strength and dreams for herself and her family, made up of her and her two children. One of them helps her at home with the housework and the youngest is in primary school. She has 6 years of education and her spouse, who supports her unconditionally, is a farmer. He is the one who is the most involved in the farm activities. Her parents were the ones who taught her to work the land at a very young age, and she has been doing this kind of work for more than 20 years, now with her husband. Her customers are the different buyers who come to the area, residents and relatives. The land they work is their own, thanks to an inheritance from her parents. It is located a kilometer away from her house, and they get there on foot.

She has asked for a loan from the COMIXMUL cooperative to be able to buy fertilizers, foliar sprays, and more to help the crops be more healthy and protected from pests, bugs, disease and more. Her goals are to be one of the best coffee producers in the area, attracting more customers for her business and growing in variety and quality. She also wants to finish fixing her house, which needs work like re-plastering, fixing a deteriorated roof, etc. Her dreams are to be able to save to give her children a better quality of life and send them to college to study and have careers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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