A loan of $650 helped to buy farm supplies and hire maintenance workers.

Noemy Del Carmen's story

Noemy, 28, is a young coffee grower and homemaker who has a common-law husband. She has three children at home, two of whom attend school and a little girl who goes to kindergarten. Noemy has a complete primary education which she was able to finish thanks to the financial and moral support of her parents to whom she is grateful.

She and her husband are the only ones who take care of the coffee and basic grain (corn and bean) crops and they have been working together for five years. But it was their parents who taught them about crop farming. They have their own land which was inherited from her mother, and she is grateful for having the land so she can earn a living for the family. At the end of every harvest she sells grain to different buyers who come to the area and to people from neighboring communities who re-sell at the local market. Part of her cropland is located five kilometers from home, so they go there by vehicle, and the other part is one kilometer from home, so they can walk there.

Noemy is requesting a loan to buy farm supplies for her coffee crop and to hire workers to care for the crops since it is impossible for her and her husband to cover everying given the distance.

Her goal is to continue growing coffee because it is a fairly profitable business; so she will give it the care and maintenance necessary for a successful harvest. As a mother, she wants to give her children the opportunity to continue their education through university level so they can graduate and be better prepared and have more employment opportunities.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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