A loan of $1,500 helped to purchase of fertilizers, plant food etc., to fertilize her crops and maintain healthy coffee plants.

Maria Elena's story

Maria Elena is 34 years old. She is a farmer, housewife and merchant because when there is extra time and money she bakes homemade bread for sale in her community, a skill that she learned from her mother. She is the mother of two children who live with her and her husband. Maria Elena gives thanks to God that her children can study in primary school in the community. She has a primary education which was achieved with much effort, sacrifice, moral and economic support from her parents.

Together with her husband she works hard to give their children a better life, a better future, thus saving their children from going through the same situation as their parents in their youth.

The coffee beans at the end of the harvest are sold to various brokers and warehouses in the area but it is her husband who is more knowledgeable of their crops; she takes care of the house doing various household chores and childcare, engaging 100% at the end of the harvest when it is time to pick the beans.

She is asking for help through financing which will enable the purchase of 23 quintals (1 quintal=100 kilos) of coffee plant food, 10 gallons of herbicide, 10 liters of fungicide, 18 quintals of KLC (plant treatment) to protect and fertilize their crops because at the end of the harvest they expected good income. Her future plans are to be able to grow more coffee as the land they have is very well suited to the climate and location and maintenance of the same . Her dream is to give their children a good education so that they have many choices and opportunities in life.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Joyce Bogner-Bohn

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