A loan of $5,950 helped construct a wet coffee processing plant.

Justo Leocadio's story

Justo is a small producer in the rural community of Jinotega, making a living by growing coffee for more than 25 years. His ranch is 10 manzanas (about 17.2 acres), five of which are for coffee. Justo's average annual production in the last three years has been 90 quintales (about 9,000 pounds) of Pergamino (with the outer husk) coffee. His coffee is Fair Trade, UTZ and C.A.F.E Practice certified.

Until now, Justo has confronted difficulties in the post-harvest management of his coffee because he does not have the necessary conditions to carry out this process. Therefore, this year he is requesting medium-term funding that would let him build a wet coffee processing plant for the appropriate management of his coffee. This will assure better quality and reduce losses during processing. This investment will allow Justo to process his coffee on his ranch, increase yield and obtain better income in order to improve conditions for his family. In addition to this investment, he is requesting another short-term loan for the management of his plantations in the current season.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alyssa Hopun

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