A loan of $1,425 helped to buy coffee plants for her farm.

Dora's story

Dora is a very enterprising 54-year-old woman. She is married and has seven adult children. She lives with her husband, one of her sons, her daughter in law, and her little granddaughter. She is currently attending her first year of school. She feels a need to do so because she wasn't able to go to school as a child, since her parents didn't have the financial resources to support her in her education.

Dora has been farming with her husband for 25 years. They grow coffee, corn, and beans, so she has a lot of experience in this business. Every morning she and her husband travel to their land, a twenty-minute ride away, on the quad the acquired with much effort, because in in this time of year the roads are deteriorated by the rain. They put a lot of effort into their work and dedicate time to prepare their land and plant the coffee plants they plan to purchase with the loan they are requesting. They also fertilize and tend to the coffee plants that are already growing, in hopes of obtaining an excellent harvest to sell to the distributors that come to the town where their farm is located.

She needs this loan to buy 4,500 coffee plants to replant a damaged area of their farm and to pay for labor to keep her farm in excellent condition.

Dora's dream is for her farm to be sustainable, because she and her husband are older and need to improve their household finances. That is why they keep fighting to expand their farm by planting and growing quality coffee, and properly tending to their plants.

In spite of her age she wants to complete at least primary school, because circumstances didn't allow her to do so in her childhood. This would make her feel proud and enable her to one day tell her grandchildren that everything is possible in life when you fight for what you want.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mariana Sanchis

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