A loan of $1,425 helped to buy agricultural supplies so she can tend to her coffee crop this season.

Maria Elisa's story

María Eliza is 56 years old, married, and educated through primary school, as her parents did not have the resources to be able to help her finish secondary or university-level education. However, they taught her to work the land where she grows coffee and other staples. She is mother to seven children, of whom only one is dependent: an adopted daughter, age 16, in her second year of the basic plan at the community education center.

Two of her other children live under her roof as well, both with their spouses, however, they are not dependent on her. As a family they grow corn and beans for themselves. These crops are located about a 30-minute walk or a 10-minute drive away. At harvest time, the whole family gets involved, so they don't have to hire any help. Their clients are various intermediaries who come to the community to buy their product.

Her most important goal is to continue growing her business, which she will accomplish by taking good care of her crop and buying more land. For this reason she is now requesting a loan to buy agricultural supplies such as compost, liquid fertilizer, fertilizers, and other products, with which to tend to her coffee crop.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Meravi

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