A loan of $650 helped to buy agricultural materials to help protect her coffee crops.

Lila's story

Lila is the mother of 3 children. They depend on her and her husband who works, as she does, in agriculture. The oldest is 10 and in the 5th grade of primary school. The second one is 8 and in the second grade, and the youngest is 2. They have grown coffee for several years, since her and her husband's families have worked in agriculture for generations. Her crops are located approximately 15 minutes from her house and they get there on foot. They involve all of the members of the family in this activity to reduce costs. Their product is sold through intermediaries who go to the community but they don't just depend on the coffee. They also produce corn and beans for household consumption and to sell and generate more income for the family.

She has asked for a loan to buy urea, 12-24-12 formula, fertilizer, herbicide and pesticide with which she can give her coffee crops technical assistance, protecting them from pests, etc. She dreams of being able to give her children, who are still in school, the chance to be academically prepared, to improve and keep expanding her coffee crops, growing her business and her income for her family and her home.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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