A loan of $1,425 helped to buy farming supplies.

Norma Lidia's story

Norma Lidia is a young entrepreneur with many hopes and dreams of getting ahead. She is 21 years old, single, has no children, and lives with her parents. Her family are farmers and their income depends on the work they do in the fields, such as raising coffee. She supports her parents very much in the fields, doing different things such as weeding, composting, harvesting, etc. She has been doing this for six years and it was they who taught her to work the land. They also raise corn and beans and work the land together, which is located 2 km from their home and they travel there by car. Challenges she faces include plant diseases such as “roya”, “ojo de gallo,” icing, and natural climate changes. Competition is not a problem and she can sell her harvest and generate income for her family and household.

Her dreams are to be able to buy a large pulping machine, obtain more land, and plant more coffee so she can offer her customers a better variety of products, have more financial stability, and make more considerable investments in her coffee crops. If she wins, her parents also win because this is a family business.

She is asking for a loan to improve her coffee and basic grain crops by doing better weeding, adding compost, fertilizer, and fungicides that prevent disease.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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