A loan of $1,500 helped to buy agricultural inputs for her coffee plants for the season.

Yolanda's story

Yolanda is 36 years old and didn’t have the opportunity to study because her family didn’t have enough money to help her with her education. When she realized as a young girl that she wouldn’t have that opportunity, she began to help her parents in the house with different housekeeping tasks and with cultivating coffee. Over the years she had her children, and as a single mother it has fallen to her to work to give the best to her three children. The first is a girl who is 17 years old and who only studied through sixth grade. The second is a boy who is 13 years old and who is in middle school and her third child is girl who is 2 years old.

She and her children support each other in order to get ahead in their different tasks in the field, such as: weeding, pruning, fertilizing, and picking during the harvest. Part of the land she cultivates was an inheritance and she got another part through her own hard work, which is why she teaches her children to value what they do and the effort it takes each day to obtain a better life. The land they work is 3 kilometers from their house and they get there by walking.

Yolanda dreams of seeing her children become professionals so they can improve their lives financially through study. She also dreams of buying more land planted with coffee so she can have better income for her family. She is currently requesting a loan to buy fertilizers, manure, and other things that will help her to provide the necessary maintenance to her coffee plants, so that she can protect them from insects and diseases so that, in the end, she can have better harvests and earn a better income.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jennifer Day

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