A loan of $1,050 helped to buy agricultural supplies and to pay for farmhands.

Irma's story

Irma, 43, is a farmer and a housewife. She finished only the first years of elementary school because she did not like to study. She is the mother of 5 children, of whom 2 are dependent upon her. The other children have their own homes. The oldest child living with her is 18 and has a 6th grade education, and the other is 6 years old and is in 5th grade. Irma also lives with her mother-in-law, who is very sick, and she cares for her.

For 10 years, Irma has been growing coffee to sell after the harvest to the warehouses in her community. She uses the earnings to improve the variety of coffee that she cultivates on her property, so that it can become more productive. Some of her coffee crops are located close to her house, and she can get to them easily by walking. Her other plantings are outside of her community, and it takes 15 minutes of walking and 5 minutes by car to get there. During the harvest, all of the members of her household get involved.

One of Irma's goals is to improve her farms by planting more of a variety that is resistant to the diseases that attack coffee plants. She also wants to expand her plantations so that she can leave her children a decent inheritance and use her earnings to start up a grocery store to increase her income. This is why she is requesting financial support at this time to buy organic and chemical fertilizers and to pay for labor to clear the land and apply these products to her crops. This will help her to care for her crops betters so that she can increase her production.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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