A loan of $1,475 helped to buy farming supplies for her coffee crop.

Santos Isabel's story

Doña Santos is a 34-year-old woman who is married and the mother of two children who attend school in the community, but are in different grades. Santos completed her first grade education, but she was not able to continue her studies because she lacked financial support from her parents who had limited resources. Her husband is a vital support with the work in the fields. He is in charge of most of the farm work while she spends part of the day attending to different obligations and chores around the house. In addition, she is in charge of feeding the members of her household.

Doña Santos says that her parcels of land for growing coffee are the only source of income for her family. Even though the harvest occurs only once a year, the profits that are earned have been enough to improve her family’s quality of life. However, she needs supplies to maintain and protect her coffee crops so that she can achieve better production and prevent crop damage. For this reason, she is requesting assistance in order to accomplish these goals.

Her plan for the future, like all coffee producers, is to increase her crop by purchasing land and planting more coffee. At the same time, she would like to build up an inheritance for her children and help them with their education. Santos wants to give each child the opportunity that she did not have in her youth. She will not let a lack of financial resources prevent her children from becoming prepared and educated individuals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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