A loan of $1,475 helped to buy agricultural supplies for the care and maintenance of her coffee crops.

Beatriz's story

Beatriz, age 44, is a housewife and a farmer. She has two children, and they go to school. They help their parents carry out the different jobs in the field when they are done with their school activities. Beatriz did not have the opportunity to go to school because she is from a financially humble family. In her youth the income obtained was not the best.

Her parents were the ones who taught her to work the inherited land. Now she works the land with her family. They grow coffee on the land, which is close to her house. The family gets there by walking.

Her plan for the future is to improve the variety of coffee that she grows. This way she will be able to attract more customers to buy her product and improve her income. Most importantly, she will be diversifying the grain.

As a mother, she plans to give her children the opportunity and the support so that they are able to prepare themselves academically. She will do this so that they are able to become professional people with life opportunities and with more business options.

Therefore, Beatriz has now requested a loan from the COMIXMUL cooperative. She will use the loan to buy agricultural supplies that will help her crop to have better foliage, to protect the plants from frost (climate factor), and to mainly prevent diseases in the grain like rust and insects like the berry borer.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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