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

Yensi Mabel's story

Yensi Mabel is 27 years old, and is married. She is in excellent health and brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to her work. She is a mother to four children, who study in different year groups at the school in the community where she and her husband live. Her only support is her husband, who does the hardest and longest work of the day such as the cleaning, application of compost and foliar products, the washing and drying of the bean and others while she helps with picking the beans.

It was thanks to her husband that she learned to work the land, because his family are farmers, with whom she has exercised this activity for three years. Her customers are the different buyers and intermediaries who visit the area looking for the product to resell it on the local and international markets. One of the biggest problems with this business is the variation in prices in the inputs that are applied to coffee, as competition isn't a problem for her and her husband. Her crops are located 200 metres from her home, which they get to walking as a family, which allows them to better care for her crops and the problems they might have.

Yensi Mabel is requesting a loan to buy 1800 small coffee plants to grow, 8 sacks of compost, 2 litres of foliar products, 8 litres of boron for her coffee crops so that she can sell them in the market for a very good price. Her goals are to have a healthy crop, free from plagues of harmful insects and others that can damage many hours and days work, and lead to the harvest being lost. As a mother, she also wants to see her children become people of worth, with university degrees which can help them to generate sources of income and improve every day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Chloe Pilpel

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