A loan of $1,150 helped to buy fertilizer and coffee plants.

Dilcia Marilu's story

Dilcia is a hard-working young woman, aged 32, who has a complete elementary education. She is married and has three minor children, one of whom attends school. She lives with her threee children and her husband.

For five years Dilcia has been involved in agriculture, specifically coffee growing. She learned the trade from her parents when she was a little girl, so she and her husband have much experience in the sector. They bought the cropland they have through a lot of hard work and it is located one kilometer from their house, so it is an 8-minute walk to get to the plantation. They begin their work by cleaning and fertilizing the fields. Everyone in the family collaborates so as not to have to pay much to hire workers, which is very expensive. Dilcia hopes to obtain an excellent harvest because her household economy depends on it. She sells her crop to dealers in the area.

She is in need of a loan to buy fertilizer, plant treatment, and hire workers, and also buy 550 coffee plants to finish planting the rest of the plantation.

In the future, dilcia wants to expand her plantation to increase production and improve her income. She wants to be able to give her children an education when they grow up so they will have better opportunities than she had. She believes she can carry out her plans with the loan she is requesting. She will take full advantage of the resources and invest them in the plantation which is her household's only source of income.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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