A loan of $1,475 helped to buy farming supplies to aid in the cultivation of coffee.

Gisela Lineth's story

Gisela, 27, is a determined and enterprising woman. She is in a common-law relationship and has 4 children who live with her and help her with different farming activities, such as clearing, cutting, and spreading fertilizers. Gisela studied until the second grade but was unable to continue studying due to her parents' lack of finances. Her parents taught her how to grow coffee, an activity that the family has carried out for a long time, over generations. Today, she and her spouse work together to grow coffee.

The land on which Gisela grows coffee is part of an inheritance from her parents. It is located near her home, and she and her spouse walk there daily. She is requesting this loan in order to buy manure, fertilizers, and other supplies which will prevent her crops from being infected by fungi and other infestations that can diminish the quality of the product. Gisela's future plans are to expand her plantation and provide a variety of beans to her customers. This will allow her to generate more income and, in turn, increase the wealth that she can leave to her children and grandchildren. She hopes that they will continue in this line of work, maintaining the tradition from generation to generation.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Deepti Limaye

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