A loan of $1,000 helped to pay for labour to pick the coffee beans and clear the property of weeds.

Sulma Yoselin's story

Sulma is 21 years old and is a housewife and farmer. She has completed her primary education thanks to the financial and moral support of her parents. She has a partner but up until now she and her partner, who is a security guard, have decided not to have children.

For 2 years Sulma has had a business planting, growing and selling coffee. She learnt the skills from her parents who, following the family tradition, do the same kind of work. They gave Sulma a piece of land, which she and her partner cultivate with a great deal of enthusiasm and care. During her 2 years as a coffee producer one of the challenges she has faced has been the increase in the market price of the supplies which are used to promote and maintain the crop. Competition is not a problem; her customers have plenty of options but in the end they go for the best product and hers is one of the favourites because of its size, flavour and healthy condition.

In the future Sulma plans to build her own house where she can live with her partner, since they currently live under the same roof as her parents. Her dream is to increase the use of technology and look after her crops well, to extend them and grow a different variety from the one she grows currently to offer to her customers.

Sulma has asked the COMIXMUL cooperative for a loan which will be used to pay for labour for picking the coffee beans and cleaning and washing the crop, as well as clearing weeds from the property. She is hoping for the support of this loan since she is a young woman who wants to improve herself and do well in life, and to contribute to the household with her family and others so that later on she will be able to fulfil her goals and dreams.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Judith McInally

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