A loan of $1,425 helped to buy agricultural supplies for her coffee crop.

Berta Lidia's story

Berta Lidia, 48, has a spouse and is a housewife, coffee grower and merchant. She and her spouse have four children but only one of them is still dependent on her since the rest all have homes of their own and are independent people. She did not complete primary school; she only finished 3rd grade because her parents’ financial situation back then was very limited. She’s been growing coffee for more than 12 years having learned to do so from her family. Today, in the company of her spouse she continues doing so on land located behind their house they cultivate together and that they inherited from her parents.

She has asked Comixmul cooperative for financial assistance to be able to buy agricultural supplies to help her care for her coffee plants to protect them from the La Roya and La Broca fungi among other pests and illnesses that deteriorate the crop so that they can get good crop yields of attractive, good coffee beans.

Her future plan is to be able to grow a better quality coffee that she can sell in the market and be competitive with to get ahead and someday export it as a quality product. Her dream for her business and for her family is to get larger crop yields as stated previously and to complete her son’s schooling so he can go all the way up to university level.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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