A loan of $1,425 helped buy fertilizers, cleaners, and labor costs to help her grow coffee.

Rosalina's story

Rosalina is a young woman, 24 years old, who lives in a common-law marriage and is the mother of four children. She is a farmer and a homemaker. Besides her farm work, she also has a small corner grocery store with which she is able to help her partner cover the household expenses. For example, she covers the costs of electricity and water, while he covers food expenses. She learned to work the land through her father, as her family has long been farmers. This was her only source of income as she grew and expanded her business. Her customers are various middlemen, neighbors, acquaintances, and friends from the area, as well as various other profit [sources] at times.

Today, she is requesting financing from the COMIXMUL cooperative, which she will invest in the purchase of farming supplies such as fertilizers, manure, cleaners and labor costs, since this is how she will strengthen and develop her coffee beans to make them healthy and the right size for sale. Her family's quality of life depends on the income from this, so she hopes that the purchase price of the coffee will enable her to continue investing in expanding her crops.

Her plans for the future include expanding her coffee planting through the purchase of land and the planting of new varieties of coffee such as caturra and others that are more highly compensated in the market.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Shannon Skoglund

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