A loan of $500 helped to buy agricultural supplies for her coffee crops.

Jesus De Navidad's story

Jesus de Navidad has a first grade education. She was not able to continue in school because of a lack of money, as her parents did not have enough money for her to continue to study. Also, she had to move to another town. Her father died when she was 8 years old. Upon his death, it fell to her to take over responsibility for her younger siblings. In order to support them, she used to travel to other towns to sell vegetables and to buy them food. After some years she found a partner, and now she has 4 children, all of whom are involved in agricultural activities for every harvest. Her oldest child is 17 years old. He only finished 6th grade because he didn't like to study, and so it was best for him to work the land with his father. They also have a 16 year-old daughter who also left school after 6th grade. She works on the domestic household chores. Their third child is 14 years old. Like their oldest, he did not enjoy school and so left after 5th grade to work in the fields. Their youngest child is 10 years old and is attending a local school. He is in the third grade.

Jesus de Navidad has 1 manzana (about 1.5 acres) of land which she and her partner obtained through a lot of hard work, as they both also work on other farms. Everyone in the family gets involved during the time that they harvest the coffee. One challenge that she faces is that the price is falling in the market, and that the wholesalers will buy her coffee at a low price, even though she does all of the processing of the coffee.

Jesus de Navidad's goal is to improve her crops so that she can get more income, improve her property, and be able to leave it to her children. This way, even though they didn't want to continue with their education, they can work the land and build their own homes. She is requesting a loan to buy agricultural supplies, because she has land to cultivate, and this way she can generate the income she hopes for in order to accomplish her goals and dreams.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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