A loan of $800 helped buy agricultural supplies for her coffee plants in the upcoming season.

Dania Imelda's story

30-year old Dania graduated from a college in La Libertad with an arts and sciences diploma. Afterwards she went to Villanueva as she had an opportunity to work on an assembly line. She worked there for thirteen years. Later she met her future husband but unfortunately he died six years ago from health problems. At the time she was two months pregnant with her daughter Nelsy who is now 5 years old and attending first grade at a local school.

For three years Dania has lived with her parents and works with them in agriculture. She is also a volunteer teacher in the local kindergarten. As she took a course in beauty when she was in Villanueva, she now also earns her living as a hair stylist

Part of the land Dania farms was a present from her father and part was in exchange for a vehicle. She grows coffee in one section and another part involves working with her father and younger brother. They work there in the mornings while she stays behind and takes them breakfast and lunch. Once the coffee beans are harvested she sells them to a local person who buys, processes, and sells the product to specialist coffee stores in the town.

Dania is seeking a loan to buy manure and special food for the coffee plants so that production increases in the forthcoming season, and to hire laborers to help her look after the plants. Her goals are to have a house of her own in the community, become well-established, and start projects she has in mind: raising chickens and fish, and having a vegetable garden.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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