A loan of $1,225 helped to buy agricultural supplies for her coffee plantations.


Marta Lidia's story

Marta Lidia, 34, works as a housewife and in agriculture. She has five children: three of them are still studying and two are adults and work together with her and their father in agriculture. Every day, they perform different activities, such as spreading fertilizers and cleaning and weeding the fields.

She studied three years of primary school thanks to her parents, but could not continue due to the lack of economic support. Eight years ago, she started to grow coffee together with her husband, but she learned to do it when she was very young, thanks to her parents who have been working with this for many years. She also has a small grocery store at home and her customers are friends, relatives, neighbors and people from the surroundings. They work their own land, located close to where they live, so they have easy access to it and can easily give it maintenance.

Her plans and goals for the future are to enlarge her coffee plantations and buy more land. She will plant more and better types of coffee in order to make her product more attractive to her customers. She wants to give her children the opportunity to study at the university and become professionals so that in the future, when she and her husband are gone, they can continue to work their land, start their own businesses, create jobs and be independent entrepreneurs.

This is why she is requesting a loan to buy agricultural supplies, such as compost, leaf fertilizers and other types of fertilizers needed to strengthen and protect her coffee plantations.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Santiago Mejía Dugand



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