A loan of $1,425 helped to buy agricultural supplies and to weed her coffee plantation.

Isabel's story

Isabel, 51, is married and mother of six children three of which still depend on her. Two of them are studying commercial education and the youngest is in primary school; the three oldest live in homes of their own. She’s a housewife and for more than three years has been farming since she and her husband work in agriculture which has been their means of family support for generations.

The land she and her husband work is theirs; they purchased it thanks to profits from previous coffee harvests which have been of great use to them. Thanks to coffee growing they’ve been able to meet their children’s food, dress and with some restrictions their medicine needs. To date, it continues to be the means to pay their children’s schooling costs.

At present, she’s asking Comixmul cooperative for a loan to provide coffee crop maintenance like weeding and to buy supplies like manure, fertilizer, leaf fertilizer and others that will be applied to help make her crops more attractive to her customers.

Like all coffee growers, she plans in future to be able to improve coffee crop yields with respect to production and quality by means of expansion. Her dream is to be able to provide her children with the education necessary for them to get ahead with their businesses and their firms strengthening their families and all environments that can be so strengthened with education and humility.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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