A loan of $1,425 helped to buy agricultural supplies and to hire farm hands to help her harvest her coffee crops.

Norma's story

Norma is 37 years old, completed primary school, and decided to become a farmer early in life. Her husband works in the United States in order to give a better future to their four children. The eldest is 20 and finished high school, the daughter is sixteen and finishing high school, and the youngest two are twins who go to primary school. Norma grows coffee and has been doing so for many years, which means she knows everything about caring for the plants, harvesting the crops, using manure and fertilisers, etc. She owns a plot of land, a small part of which she inherited from her parents, the rest of which she acquired thanks to her own labour. She sells her coffee to middlemen who come to her village to buy it. Her land is 30 minutes away from her house on foot, 10 minutes by car. When the time for harvesting comes, her whole family helps, in order to reduce costs and increase profits. Norma's main goal is to double her production in order to be more stable financially, so as to support her children during their studies and pay for household expenses, which would mean her husband would not need to work abroad any more. Her greatest wish is to see her family living under the same roof again. She asks for a loan in order to care for her crops: she needs to buy fertiliser and manure, and wants to hire farm hands in order to increase her production and, thus, her income, so as to reach her goals and fulfill her dreams.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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