A loan of $1,325 helped to buy liquid fertilizer, manure and fertilizer to help her coffee crop.


Martha's story

Martha, at 57 years old, lives in her home with her husband. They have three children who are grown up now and live in their own homes.

She is a housewife and farmer, with an incomplete primary education. She made it to the third grade, as the family finances in her youth were not the best.

As the mother of the family, an enterprising and hardworking woman, she now looks after the wellbeing of her coffee crops, as her children are grown. Having more than 25 years experience working in this job, which she learnt on her own initiative with her parents, being her only form of income and way of earning a livelihood.

The land where she works with her husband is their own, which she inherited from her father some time ago, and another part of which after many years of work was bought, which is located 2 kilometers distance from the house where she lives, which they get to on foot and by vehicle, on occasion.

Sometimes the children get involved, as they work themselves, but they help their parents to do some tasks as at their age, it's more difficult for them.

Martha has asked for a loan from the COMIXMUL cooperative to buy farming supplies such as manure, liquid fertilizer, coffee formula etc. which help make her coffee crop more attractive and reliable for the final intermediary buyer.

Now, her goal is to protect her crop, help them in a special way and strengthen them in a way that in the end, at harvest, she can make the profits she hopes for and can get the supplies to be able to fulfill her commitments.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Joelle Kuiper



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