A loan of $675 helped to buy farming supplies to look after her coffee crops.

Maria Erodita's story

María Erodita is 42 years old and makes a living growing coffee. She is a mother to six children, two of whom work while the other four are attending the local school. Alongside her partner, María makes a living growing coffee which, at the end of the season, once it is collected, is sold to different people in the area. The people buy the coffee to later sell or export it. María learned to prune, clean, grow and fertilise coffee alongside her parents from a very young age.

Thanks to many years of effort and sacrifice, María was able to buy a small plot of land where she started to grow coffee and, with time, her crops have gradually grown. María's plot is just a few metres from her home and she arrives there with her family in order to support and look after her crops and protect them from illnesses such as blight, and from bugs, which can affect the quality of the crop and of the whole plant.

María dreams of seeing her children having their own profession and their own stable households. María also dreams of expanding her coffee crops, buying more land and growing a more popular variety of coffee for her customers. This will have a good price on the market and, this way, María can earn an income for her family and strengthen the household economy.

To do this, María has applied for a loan which she will use to buy fertilisers, manure and other items. These will help to protect her coffee crops and will help to generate a harvest that will give higher profits.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw

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