A loan of $1,225 helped to buy agricultural supplies to support her coffee plantings.

Maria De Jesus's story

María de Jesús is a 50-year-old woman who has a partner (in a common-law marriage) and is the mother of 2 children who help their parents wtih the weeding, fertilizing and coffee harvesting. Since she was a girl, she learned to work the land, since farming is a tradition in her family. She acquired the knowledge from her parents, who are also farmers, specializing in growing coffee and basic grains. In the company of her husband and two children, she works every day so that their crops will be the best and most abundant.in the area, keeping the plants healthy and protecting them from pests and diseases such as coffee rust. The land that the family works is located 100 meters from their house, which was inherited from her parents, and there is also another small plot 30 minutes away, which was acquired through purchase from a customer coming by on foot each day.

Her plans for the future are to keep expanding the family's land and strengthen their heritage so that their children will each inherit a parcel of land where they can build their houses or continue with farming. In this way, they will strengthen their families' economic situation and put an adequate roof over the heads of their children and grandchildren. For this reason, she is currently requesting a loan to buy agricultural supplies for her coffee plantings, such as compost, fertilizer and a special formula for coffee plants, to give support to the plants.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman

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