A loan of $2,550 helped to buy agricultural supplies (coffee seeds, manure, fertilizers, and pesticides).

Noel De Jesús's story

Noel is a 38 year old man from the countryside who has worked as a farmer since he was very young. He learned this work from his farmer and today he has made it his life. He currently has crops of coffee, bananas, and fruit trees whose fruits are collected and sold in the marketplace and in the municipal coffee-growers cooperative. In this way, he generates the income he needs to support the household expenses.
The requested loan will be used to buy agricultural supplies (coffee seed, manure, fertilizer, pesticides) and to pay the day-laborers that he will employ to plant 9,000 additional coffee bushes. This will enable him to increase production and so to increase his sales and, consequently, the income that he receives for selling his produce.
Noel tells us that, despite the many challenges presented by the climate and the high cost of supplies, he wants to keep striving to have a successful agribusiness and to be able to offer employment opportunities to the people in his community, in addition to improving living conditions and wellbeing for his family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alison Hynd

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