A loan of $800 helped to purchase supplies and pay laborers.

Lesli Liceth's story

Lesli is a hardworking, responsible, and dedicated woman in spite of the absence of her father, who died when she was seven years old. Her mother never stopped supporting her with everything she could for her basic needs. Due to a lack of financial resources, she was only able to study through sixth grade. Years passed and she met her partner, who she married, and together they have an 11 year old son who is in the sixth grade at the school in their community.

She and her husband both work planting coffee. They also plant basic grains for consumption and have a small grocery store in their home to help minimize costs and generate more income. Since she was married 14 years ago, her husband taught her about farming, including cleaning, applying manure and fertilizer, and other things necessary to care for crops. They own the land they cultivate. They inherited 2 1/2 manzanas from her father and purchase another plot with their own effort. Their coffee fields are located a 15 minute walk from their home and sometimes they travel in a vehicle to arrive more quickly.

Lesli dreams of seeing her son graduate and become a professional since she was not able to do those things for financial reasons. She and her husband struggle to provide their son a better future. They are requesting this loan to purchase fertilizer, urea, liquid fertilizer for plant leaves, and to pay for laborers to apply the supplies and clean their crops.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eileen Lloyd

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