A loan helped to buy agricultural inputs for taking care of her coffee plants.

Clara's story

Clara is 42 years old. She is enterprising, hardworking, and with a great desire to get ahead in life. She works in housekeeping activities from an early hour every day because she has 5 children, though only three live with her. The two oldest have their own families and live apart. The third child is in middle school and the last 2 are in primary school. She learned to work in the field from the time she was very young because she like the process and procedures for cultivating coffee. She understood it wasn’t just a matter of digging a hole and planting a seed, but also taking care of it, fertilizing it, weeding, etc. that is needed to have a good plant and, at the end of each harvest, an excellent coffee bean. She learned all of this from her parents. She also learned to make nacatamales [a corn tamal wrapped in a banana leaf] and her customers are people from the neighborhood who buy on weekends. Along with her husband, they work together each day to be able to achieve their dream, which is to see their children educated, in university, with a better lifestyle, and at the same time to provide them with a good future and a place to build their houses.

She has requested a loan to buy agricultural products such as fertilizer, foliar fertilizers, insecticides, etc. so that she can apply them in order to take care of the coffee plants. She also has a small piece of land with corn and beans, which generates more income for the wellbeing of her family.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jennifer Day.

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