A loan of $825 helped to buy inputs and supplies to cultivate and protect her coffee crops.

Betty Jackelin's story

Betty is a 21-year old entrepreneur and hard-working young woman. She is married and has a 3-year old son, who still does not attend school. She works with her husband in the coffee growing business, an activity that she learned from her parents more than 5 years ago. They sell their product to people in their community and intermediaries that look for their popular grain, which has excellent flavor and is very healthy. Their crops are located 15 minutes away from their home, where they walk together. She finished her primary education thanks to the financial and emotional support of her parents, to whom she is very grateful.

She is requesting financial support to buy fertilizer and other supplies to prevent her crops from being infected with "roya" (a plague caused by fungus) and other plagues that would deteriorate the quality of her grains. This would allow them to improve this season's production. She plans to expand their plantation and add variety for her clients and consumers, so that they can earn more income and provide their child (and future children) with a better patrimony.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Esther Alcaina

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