A loan of $925 helped to buy agricultural inputs to assist her coffee crops.

Maria Juana's story

María Juana is 43 years old. She is a fighter, capable and above all diligent. She is a housewife and mother of a son who is 10 years old and studies at the local school. For lack of financial support from her parents she could not go past Grade 3 in school, but she is grateful to them for their support and the different things they taught her. It was them that taught her to work the land at a early age. For the last 10 years she has been involved in agriculture, growing coffee and also growing basic grains like corn and beans.

Along with her husband she works the land she inherited from her father which is located about a 20 minute walk from their house. Her husband is the technical and moral support with whom she does the different field work like cleaning, spreading manure, applying foliar spray, etc. Her future plans are to expand her coffee planting by purchasing more land and planting more coffee plants. This would generate more revenues for her family. She dreams of seeing her son graduate and being prepared academically.

So today she is requesting a loan to buy agricultural inputs to help her coffee crops as not doing this would risk exposing them to sicknesses like coffee rust (la roya) and insects like the coffee borer beetle amongst others. They would damage the work of the family and the product on which they depend economically.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer leonardo

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