A loan of $1,425 helped to buy farm supplies for a new coffee crop.

Juana Lidia's story

Juana, 51, has fifth grade education. She is married and has five children, three of whom are still in her care. The eldest finished sixth grade and now helps with housework. The third child finished elementary and helps work with farming. The youngest is 16 and studied to fifth grade, but didn't like school. A granddaughter, the daughter of her eldest daughter, is the one she has been raising since she was a little girl.

Juana grows coffee and knows all about its related activities, but she only helps her husband in the cutting and transport because she has to take care of the housework. She learned the trade from her parents when she was a little girl and then continued alongside her husband. She decided on this activity because it is in her roots and has been the only source of income for generations.

She is lucky to have her cropland near her home; and at harvest time all the members of the family are involved, from the eldest to the youngest, in order to avoid the cost of hiring more workers. Her customers are stores in other locations who specialize in buying and selling coffee. Her dream is to buy three more acres of land for crop growing to earn more income for the household. She should be able to do this with the help of the loan she is requesting today and by managing her earnings well.

The loan will allow her to buy farm supplies such as fertilizers for coffee crop maintenance. This is her first loan and it will be used as capital to plant another patch of land they had never used before for lack of funds. This is the opportunity she had been waiting for to realize her dreams.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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