A loan of $525 helped to purchase agricultural supplies in order to care for her coffee crop.

Guadalupe's story

Doña Guadalupe is 37 years old, and she did not finish primary school as she was unable to complete her studies due to a lack of resources.

She is in a relationship, and she and her partner have been cultivating coffee for several years. Her partner is the one who is most involved in the different activities in the field, as she is at home taking care of their 7 children, who are all studying in different grades in school—the oldest in fourth grade, the second in second grade, the third child and the fourth are in first grade, and the fifth child is in Kindergarten, and the others are not yet old enough to study.

She and her partner have two manzanas (approximately 3.4 acres) of land planted with Lempira Coffee, as it is a product that is most resistant to blight and other diseases. As farmers they do not cultivate only coffee; they also grow basic grains, partly for family consumption and partly for sale. Their market is local, as they have their own customer who is responsible for purchasing their product.

She is requesting a loan for the purchase of agricultural supplies that would help them to protect the coffee plants and minimize the risk of losing the coffee beans, as her family’s economy depends on the field work, which is carried out with great effort and determination to move forward.

Her goals are to improve her quality of life, educate her children, and continue to cultivate a variety of seeds in order to generate more income and not depend solely on the income from coffee. She hopes to be supported in order to achieve her goals, as borrowing from the lenders is very costly, and at the end the earnings are negative.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanora Brennan

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