A loan of $5,925 helped to build a camp for his workers.

Isidro Armando's story

Isidro is a small coffee producer in a community in Jinotega, a department in Nicaragua. He lives with his wife on his 28 hectare farm, of which 6.3 hectares are planted in coffee [1 hectare = 2.47 acres]. His four sons are also involved in coffee growing and each one has his own plot. In recent years, this producer has successfully had harvests of approximately 200 quintales [1 quintal = 100 kg] of parchment coffee, which he produces under the criteria of Fair Trade certification. In his community, he generates around 4 full time jobs during the year and during harvest time he contracts an additional 15 workers to help with cutting and cooking (preparation of food).

This producer is implementing improvements in labor conditions and labor security on his farm. As part of this, he is currently requesting a loan to build a camp on his farm so that his workers will have the necessary living condition during the coffee cutting period. This endeavor will contribute to better worker performance and greater productivity. It is also consistent with the self managed corporate social responsibility promoted by the Peoples Community Action Partnership (PAC) among its members. This small producer is also requesting funding for the maintenance of his plantations during this coffee cycle.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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