A loan of $1,425 helped to buy agricultural inputs for her coffee crop.

Maria Isabel's story

María Isabel, 34, is a determined woman with a lot of dreams, hopes, and desires for improving herself and getting ahead. She's the mother of two children who live in her house and depend on her because they're in different grades in elementary school.

She and her husband make a living growing coffee. It was her parents who taught her to work from a very young age, though, and today she has continued doing that job with her husband for more than 20 years because it's the source of income for her family and the household.

María Isabel went to school up to third grade; her parents weren't able to support her in her studies because of financial problems so she didn't finish elementary school. The land she and her husband farm is her own, thanks to an inheritance from her parents because they weren't able to support her in her studies so she could be trained. The land's located two kilometers from her house; they walk there as a family so she can generate income for her household. The challenges she has encountered in her farm work are pests and natural weather changes. Competition isn't a problem for selling her crop and generating income.

María Isabel's dream is to acquire more land and more coffee farms to offer her customers a better variety of the crop. This way she'll be able to improve her income and have greater economic stability to reinvest in her coffee crops and support her children in their studies.

This is why she's currently requesting a loan to improve and take care of her crops by applying agricultural inputs such as soil amendments, fertilizer, coffee formula, and fungicide to prevent contamination by pests and diseases.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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