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


Ma Mercedes's story

Mercedes is a very capable and hard-working woman. She is in a common-law relationship and has 6 children. They live in their own house. She studied until Grade 2. Due to the lack of financial support from her parents she couldn't complete her primary school studies.

She works in agriculture growing coffee. For more than 11 years she has been involved in this activity along with her partner. He taught her to work the land. Their crops and house are on the same land, so she was interested to watch her husband carry out the process until the harvest of each year. Her clients are neighbors, family, friends and middlemen who live in the area or arrive to purchase a product that is considered to be of high quality. One challenge for the small farmer is the rise in prices of supplies that they use to assist their crops plus the costs to transport the supplies to her house.

At present she is requesting a loan to buy the agricultural supplies needs to assist and maintain her coffee crops. Her goals are to finish a cement structure to dry and clean the grains once harvested. She dreams of forming a coffee producers cooperative in the area to commercialize the coffee beans in other parts of the world so they can enjoy their quality.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer leonard delaney



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