A loan of $650 helped to buy agricultural supplies for her coffee crops.

Genara's story

Genara, 49, is the mother of 5 children. She is very hardworking and tenacious. Each day, she works hard alongside her partner and their 3 adult children, who support their parents in the various farming activities, and earning a fair salary from their parents for growing coffee seedlings that they sell in their community. The family also has some land where they cultivate coffee. This business has been very profitable, for which they thank God, as it generates 2500 pounds of coffee beans.

Genara learned to grow coffee 18 years ago, working with her older brother. She also states that her mother taught her the art of making pottery. She makes griddles, vases, clay jars, and other items. Also, in order to generate more income and support her family, she makes nacatamales on Saturdays which she goes out to sell in her community.

Genera has a lot of projects planned for the upcoming year, including purchasing 2 parcels of land to cultivate the Lempira (fugus-resistant) variety of coffee, because last year the Roya fungus affected most of the coffee plantations that were planted with other, more vulnerable, varieties of coffee. She also plans to make some improvements to her house: plastering it with cement and putting in a new tile floor. Genera also dreams of seeing her daughters get degrees in education, because she wants them to become teachers when they are adults.

This is why Genara is now requesting a loan from the COMIXMUL cooperative to purchase chemical and organic fertilizers and other supplies to protect her coffee crops, so that she can put her plans in motion to achieve her goals, hopes and dreams.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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