A loan of $1,200 helped to buy supplies and fertilisers for his coffee farm.

Juan Pablo's story

Juan Pablo is a small-scale coffee producer from northern Nicaragua. His farm covers an area of 24.5 hectares, and of these 2.1 are for coffee. He has 4 children, who are all involved in agriculture. His average production over the last three years has been 50 hundredweight of certified coffee, which has meant a 20% improvement through proper management of his plantations. He is focussed on improving the yield and quality of his coffee. In order to achieve this, Juan Pablo states that he needs a loan that will allow him to buy the supplies and fertilisers that his plantation needs, and to apply them in the best way to cope with one of the main problems facing coffee plants: blight and disease. He says that, in addition, he will be working on the cultivation that his crops need to achieve positive results.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sharon Rees

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