A loan of $1,475 helped to buy compost, fertilizers, coffee plant formula, and fungicides so that she can maintain her coffee crop.

Maricela's story

Maricela is an enterprising woman who has the drive to succeed. She is 34 years old and married. Her household includes six children. Two of them no longer live under the same roof and are independent individuals. Of the remaining four, two of them are in school, but everyone helps with the various farming and household chores. Maricela learned the farming trade from her parents when she was very young. She helped them with maintaining their coffee crops. Today she has more than 12 years of experience in this line of work. Her crops are grown in the same community, but she must travel by riding an animal over a distance of two kilometers. She is accompanied by her husband and children. Maricela completed her education through the primary school level. For this reason, she is grateful to God that she was allowed to go to school and for the support and effort of her parents despite their various difficulties.

Maricela’s dream is for electricity to be made available to her community. When she prepares food in the afternoon or at night, she must do so in the dark or by candlelight. With the light of a commercial-grade candle, she is able to grind corn into cornmeal for making tortillas. Like any mother, she wants to see her children have a better future, more opportunities, and better living conditions. She wants to support her family by providing everything they need. For this reason, she is now requesting a loan in order to improve her coffee crops. She plans to do a better job of maintaining them by acquiring farming supplies such as compost, fertilizers, coffee formula, and fungicides. These items will prevent the infestation of pests and diseases.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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